Ann Wigmore’s Recipes for Longer Life

Ann Wigmore believed that the secret to good health and a long life was eating 1) a lot of wheatgrass and 2) only raw food. If those appeal to you, you'll find lots of recipes in her cookbook below, Recipes for Longer Life (published in 1978, available at

Wikipedia says that she lived to be 84, which is a relatively long life, but not remarkable. She died of smoke inhalation from a fire. So maybe she would have lived much longer if not for that bad luck?

Wikipedia also says, "many of her claims were denounced as quackery, and her qualifications were never confirmed to be genuine."

I guess she wasn't keen on melons: "eat them alone or leave them alone".

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 16, 2023
     Category: Food | Cookbooks | Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil | Dieting and Weight Loss

Science currently points to cooking food caused an evolutionary shift towards larger brains and smaller guts. Every competent study clearly shows cooked food is easier to digest, which is why humans are able to have relatively smaller digestive tracts than other primates.

As far as her qualifications -- in the early 1970s, anyone who didn't have an honorary doctorate simply wasn't trying.
Posted by Phideaux on 06/16/23 at 10:16 AM
Looks like a lot of modern raw food/paleo diets.
Posted by Yudith on 06/17/23 at 08:26 AM
Cue joke about not living longer, but it feeling that way.
Posted by Richard Bos on 06/25/23 at 03:29 AM
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.