Q: "It has been suggested by a naturopath that I eat less raw vegetables and a few more cooked ones, as they’re causing my spleen to work overtime. Could you please enlighten me more about the reasoning?"
Kate Rycroft, via email
A: Accredited practising cietitian Lisa Yates responds:
“Your naturopath may be practicing Chinese medicine, where it is thought that too many raw vegetables negatively affect the spleen. This theory doesn’t appear to be proven by Western medicine, however we know that many vegetables must be cooked before eating to deactivate natural chemicals which can cause the body harm. A healthy balance of both raw and cooked vegetables will reduce your exposure to some of these, while also ensuring you get a good range of the nutrients needed for optimum health.”