The Fruitarian Diet: Too Many Apples a Day?

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It’s a well-known fact that in order to have optimal health, we should cut out as many harmful things as we can and stick to whole foods as much as possible. Carbs, processed and prepackaged foods, animal fats, and oils (for the most part) are among the first things to leave the kitchen once someone has decided to change their diet. Some people opt for vegetarianism, others for veganism, and some others still for fruitarianism.

What is a Fruitarian?

The fruitarian diet is a diet in which your body is sustained by only fruits (although some people do opt to also consume nuts and seeds in order to get healthy fats into their diet as well). Vegetables, grains, animal protein, processed foods, and anything else is not allowed.

Apparently, in order to reap the full benefits of the fruitarian diet, you need to follow the guidelines to a T. When followed properly, the diet is supposed to help you detox your body.

Is it safe?

fruit2While it’s absolutely true that fruit is good for you, it shouldn’t be the only thing you’re consuming. In order to thrive, the human body needs to get a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, proteins, and fats.

On the fruitarian diet, it’s impossible for you to get all of the nutrients your body requires for optimum health. Not only that, but fruit is incredibly high in fructose which can lead to a long list of health problems if more than 25 (15 if you’re diabetic, have heart disease, obesity, or cancer) grams of fructose per day is consumed. These problems can include abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, kidney damage, and others.

High levels of fructose have also been linked to pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs – the founder of Apple – was a fruitarian in his younger years, and died in 2011. Though his pancreatic cancer was never formally linked to his fruitarianism, there was research published in 2010 by the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) that suggests fructose may have a particularly significant impact on pancreatic cancer.

Is there a healthier alternative?

Fruit3Absolutely. Vegetarianism and veganism are both healthy alternatives when done correctly as both of these lifestyle choices ensure that you’re getting a variety of whole foods as opposed to only fruit. Eating fats and animal products from quality, trusted sourcs is also healthier than eating fruits alone because at least you’re getting a variety of nutrients.

Regardless of whether you choose to adopt a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle or you just want to make healthier choices when it comes to your food, you should keep in mind that simply eating right is only the first of many steps. Sure, cutting out processed foods, excess salt and carbs is great, but it’s not going to make much of a difference if you’re sitting all day and not hydrating yourself. In order to reach your optimum health, remember to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and drink plenty of water.