Originally Posted by ElaineV
You don't need bread, but some type of whole grain is a good idea, for example oatmeal or brown rice.
If you forgo all grains, then find out more about raw food nutrition.
I second this comment about making sure you get other whole grains. They're a great source of most of the B vitamins. Wheat is just one type of grain, so asking if you need to consume it is kind of like asking if you need to consume broccoli (which is just one type of vegetable among many), or kidney beans (one type of bean among many). The key is you need a variety of vegetables and beans, not any particular one.
As for whether a diet can be healthy without any grains at all, I'm not sure. Some people seem to be of this opinion, or at least of the opinion that Western food pyramids are too centered on grains, that the quantities recommended exceed the ideal for human health. I certainly find that eating at the lower end of the recommended servings works for me, but maybe that's just me.
Do raw foodists completely eliminate this food group? There are raw sprouted breads, aren't there? It's not something I know much about...