Anyone who’s considered going vegan may have been deterred by how restrictive the diet can be, with so many foods and ingredients off limits. But some people are taking veganism to even an greater extreme, adopting what’s known as a raw vegan diet.

The premise of it is pretty simple: you can only eat plant foods that can be consumed without any cooking. As restrictive as this sounds, many people are curious about the diet because advocates claim it can provide even greater benefits to your health than regular veganism. But while a raw vegan diet might cut the time you spend in the kitchen, it’s unlikely to be worth the potential health risks that may come from it, as Dr Laura Brown explains.

Friends actor Matthew Perry has revealed that his colon ruptured as a result of his opioid addiction. An expert reveals the other harms that long-term opioid use can cause. Plus we take a look at the surprising story of lab-grown brain cells who learned to play Pong — and wonder whether or not they should have legal rights.

Heather Kroeker

Commissioning Editor, Health + Medicine

The raw vegan diet is an extreme form of veganism. Anna Shepulova/ Shutterstock

Raw vegan diet may be a risk to your health – here’s why

Laura Brown, Teesside University

Raw veganism may have more risks than benefits.

Matthew Perry’s colon ruptured as a result of his opioid use. Reuters/Alamy

What long-term opioid use does to your body and brain

Rob Poole, Bangor University

Matthew Perry recently revealed that his colon burst as a result of long-term opioid abuse.

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Lab-grown brain cells can play Pong – so should they have legal rights?

Joshua Jowitt, Newcastle University

A lump of cells could be given the legal status of a person, or remain a property.

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