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Raw diet for humans

I was just wondering, since a lot of people on here feed their cats a raw diet, if any of them are on a raw diet themselves? I have seen what people eat when they are on a raw meat diet, and it terrifies me!! Anyone?

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Humans on a raw diet are usually vegetarians or vegans.
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Nope, never even considered it. Humans are omnivores and I like to keep it that way.
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My boyfriend enjoys his burgers medium-rare, but yeah...I'm of the opinion that humans are better off cooking their meat. Our digestive systems are not quite as hardy as those of cats. Too many years of dietary evolution centered around cooking our food.
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While I do like some meats (good steaks and lamb) as medium rare and bloody as I can get them, I want all my food cooked to a certain extent to kill bacteria! The only meat I would ever dare to eat raw, is wild game as soon as it was killed! Or had been properly and quickly preserved so that there was no risk of getting sick from any harmful contaminants.
I would still cook it, though... I guess that's just what I'm used to. I cook my fish I catch from clean urban ponds, not because I'm afraid of the salmonella risk (though that is a factor), but because that's just what I'm used to and like just fine - so why change it?
I have had sashimi once, and luckily didn't get sick from it. I would like to have it again, but the place I had it is VERY expensive...and of course that's probably why it was treated better than some sushi chain joint.
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Raw meat isn't always bad. Raw chicken and pork aren't sensible to eat raw, but even then there's different smoked hams, which aren't always cooked There's a type of French smoked ham which I absolutely adore jambon cru (literally cured ham), but the flavour!.

Raw fish done properly is wonderful. I've only had proper Japanese food once (raw tuna steak in a kind of sauce), and I loved it. Sadly it's way too expensive.
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I like my steak medium rare, but I don't like raw meat or fish...no doubt it's psychological! I was in Tokyo on business about a year ago and I barely ate anything because a lot of the fish was served raw.
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I knew a gal online who fed her animals a raw diet, and she ate the same herself. She didn't eat chicken, due to the salmonella concern, but she kept her beef raw/rare if and when she ate it.

In her case, some allergies cleared up when she changed to the diet, she lost a great deal of weight (she'd been quite overweight), and became very healthy. So I can certainly see the merits of going all-natural, primarily raw.

There are obviously serious cautions against this type of diet, and education and care are paramount.
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