What Is A Fruitarian?

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Have you ever met someone who only says they only eat fruit? They're known as a fruitarian, and it's become a fairly controversial diet in recent years.

So what exactly is a fruitarian diet and is it healthy or dangerous? We'll bring you both sides to this intriguing debate:

What does a fruitarian diet involve?

A fruitarian diet is heavy on the fruit and light on other foods. That being said, a fruitarian doesn't only eat fruit; most diet subscribers will also eat vegetables, nuts, and other foods. Experts advise keeping fruits to around 70 percent of the daily diet.

Fruitarian foods can include nuts and seeds, vegetables, vegetable-like fruits such as cucumbers and avocados, and a range of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. As you can see, it is mainly a vegan-style diet.

The focus is on eating ripe, raw, organic, fresh foods. However, there are also food combining guidelines to follow, such as eating citrus fruits 30 minutes or more before other fruits, and only mixing fatty foods such as nuts with starchy vegetables and fruits. There are also guidelines around when to eat and how to prepare meals for optimal nutrient absorption and health benefits.

Why go fruitarian?

Fruitarians choose the diet for several reasons, and of course these are often down to personal preference. Mostly, fruitarians are concerned with their intake of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants found in fruits. They may also be attracted to the anti-inflammatory properties of fruit and vegetables, as well as the reported health benefits such as lowering the risk of cancer and other diseases.

What are the health risks of a fruitarian diet?

Of course, restrictive diets aren't without their risks. On a fruitarian diet, one may gain weight due to the high fructose content of fruit. Others may develop diabetes, tooth decay, nutrient deficiencies (such as calcium, iron, and B12), and even cause their bodies to go into starvation mode.

Famously, actor Ashton Kutcher said he took a trip to hospital after following a fruit-only diet.

If you're thinking about a fruitarian diet or other restrictive regime you should speak first to a healthcare advisor and only follow the advice of a qualified nutritionist , naturopath , or dietician .

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