What is Fruitarianism? Firstly, it is quite obvious that this is a kind of vegetarianism, and more rigid: some of the plant products are banned.
Secondly, as a rule, it is not only a food system, but a world view, including various spiritual practices and interpretations of food prohibitions. And, naturally, as always happens in such spiritual currents, there are disagreements that give rise to different trends and perceptions. Someone only eats whole fruits that have not undergone any treatment, others only those that can be collected without destroying the plant. Someone introduces additional food prohibitions. And some liberals allow themselves to cut, mix, and cook. There are people who admit that the fruits were 75% of their diet.
Food should be useful
Why is fruitarianism useful? Fruits and berries are extremely useful: they contain vitamins C, A, beta-carotene, fiber. Finally, they have a lot of different antioxidants, and, perhaps, they represent the most useful part of these gifts of nature. It is with them associated protective action against atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, many types of cancer. They generally have a systemic protective effect on the body and inhibit aging. This is a direct consequence of their antioxidant effect.
Are There Dangers of a Fruitarian Diet?
Get all the necessary vitamins from fruits and berries can not. For example, a classic complication of a vegetarian diet, such as anemia, is well known. This is a consequence of the almost complete lack of vitamin B12. For people who only eat fruit, this complication is even more typical, since in these fruits there is practically no essential folic acid (there are a lot of it in the forbidden green salads and leafy vegetables). This vitamin is extremely important for the synthesis of red blood cells, but it is even more necessary for the continuation of the genus – with its deficiency often there are congenital deformities of the fetus.
In fruits, there is practically no omega-3 fatty acids, which we need no less than vitamins. They happen in some nuts, but vegetable omega-3 does not replace those that are in fish. The latter is more important, and therefore the rejection of fish is very harmful. In fruits, there is practically no protein, and it is best obtained from products of animal origin.
When fruit should be avoided
The weakest place of fruit and berries is the amount of sugars, including the most harmful of them – fructose. When you eat only fruits and berries, it is likely that this sweet substance will be busted.
Fruits and other fruits in the diet should be a lot, but food should not consist only of them.
How to make a balanced diet?
The World Health Organization officially recommends eating at least 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. For example, recently scientists from Great Britain proved that 7 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, reduce mortality by 42%, and 5 servings – only by 36%. In some countries, recommendations not to consume 5 servings, but more were already earlier. For example, in Australia, it is advised to eat 5 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit a day. And it’s really useful: it protects the heart, blood vessels and prevents most types of cancer.
Health benefits of fruits
Protects against heart disease, blood vessels, cancer. Prevents the development of eye diseases.
It is better not to use small children, people with gastritis, ulcers and diseases of the lips.
Contains enzyme bromelain, which helps digest proteins when overeating.
Aphrodisiac. Vitamins and antioxidants protect against aging diseases. Contains enzyme lactase, which helps digest dairy products. During cleaning, take care of your hands: mango contains a substance that can cause dermatitis, eczema.
Papaya reduces cholesterol, protects against heart and vascular diseases, colon cancer, eye diseases and arthritis.
The enzyme papain helps digest proteins when overeating.
Aphrodisiac. Contains a very active mixture of carotenoids and tocopherols, which protect against oral cancer, breast and prostate cancer, as well as heart and eye diseases. Useful for the liver and for hepatitis.
Contraindicated in people with an allergy to latex.
Contains the most useful choline, which lowers cholesterol.
It is forbidden for kidney stones – it contains a lot of oxalic acid.
You can not combine with taking medications, like grapefruit. It blocks the destruction of drugs and can cause them to overdose, up to death.
Aphrodisiac. Useful for the heart, blood vessels and digestive system.
May cause an allergy. Peel is poisonous – contains cyanides.