What You Should Know
The Hippocrates Diet and Health Program, by Ann Wigmore, lays out a vegan diet. Wigmore found the Hippocrates Health Institute in 1956, and the diet was developed over about 20 years of research. The Hippocrates Diet is based on the idea that natural, organic, uncooked foods are best and that anything processed or heated above 115 degrees is not healthy food.
List of Ingredients
Not applicable; this is a diet plan book, not an herbal weight loss supplement.
The Hippocrates Diet encourages the eating of raw foods rather than cooked or processed foods. This is suggested because according to Wigmore, enzymes, a major source of health and energy, are supposedly destroyed in the cooking process. According to the diet idea, your body receives elements of health directly or indirectly from the sun, and you should eat foods with optimum solar energy, such as sprouts, sea vegetables, and fresh water algae. Eating foods with raw chlorophyll will enhance the ability of your body to transport important nutrients through the blood. Also, the diet discourages including protein as more than 5% of your diet because it supposedly increases the likelihood of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
A major element of this diet is drinking wheatgrass juice. It is claimed to be a blood purifier, detoxifier, and cleanser. Wheatgrass is grown from the wheat seed, but is different from the grain and should not affect people with wheat allergies because it does not contain gluten. It must be juiced, not eaten, and should only be drunk by sipping small amounts slowly.
Perhaps most surprising, this diet suggests that only 15% or even less of the foods sold in healthfood stores are actually healthy. It even discourages the use of herbs and supplements.
The Hippocrates Diet is touted to be a healing diet. It is supposed to aid the healing of many diseases such as cancer. It is not really suggested as a weight-loss program, but rather as a lifestyle change.
- The book is available for very low prices.
- Has a lack of before/after photos.
- Has no money-back guarantee.
- Has no free gift with purchase.
- Does not highlight the importance of regular exercise.
- Does not particularly claim to help you lose weight.
- Does not allow any meat, since all food must be uncooked.
- Has few recipes or details of how-to in the book.
- Eating the suggested diet will likely be rather expensive.
- Drinking wheatgrass too quickly or in too large of amounts may cause nausea, especially when it is new to the consumer.
- Discourages the use of herbal supplements.
The Hippocrates Diet is similar to other wheatgrass or raw foods diets, so it does not really stand out. It is likely an expensive way to gain a healthy diet, when there are other, more affordable ways out there. It is a very strict diet and discourages the use of herbal weight-loss supplements.