Who hasn't read about Loni Jane Anthony, the pregnant woman who adheres to a rawvegan diet? According to reports, the 26-year-old Australian follows the "80/10/10," a diet developed by Dr. Douglas Graham, a raw foodist. It provides 80% carbohydrates, 10% fats, 10% protein and revolves around eating whole, uncooked fruits and vegetables. According to an interview the first-time mom-to-be gave to an Australian news site, it's not unusual for her to have 10 bananas for breakfast.
The story -- not surprisingly -- has drawn both criticism and accolades. It also reminded me of how strong people's opinions are on nutrition during pregnancy --and the neurosis that can develop. "Did I eat enough calcium today … the cheese I ate yesterday is on a list of foods forbidden in pregnancy … what about that friend who ate peanut butter and her child now has a peanut allergy?" It's enough to drive anyone to madness.
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