Fruitarianism diet plan is a subset of raw veganism where the individual eats either all or mostly fruits (officially, between 50 and 75% which one can calculate by weight) as well as nuts and seeds for extra nutrients. It has been surging in popularity across social media and even Michelle Khare, a badass health and fitness YouTuber with personality, did a Fruitarian challenge for a week back in January of 2018. What is it? Why do people do it? Is it even healthy? Keep reading to find out more about fruitarianism diet plan.
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What are the benefits of a fruitarianism diet plan?
Benefits of the fruitarian diet include an influx of antioxidants and vitamins which may help combat certain ailments. Overall, following a raw vegan lifestyle may help with heart health, weight loss, and bloating. Famous fruitarians include the late Steve Jobs (who noted that it inspired him), Ashton Kutcher (who was hospitalized), and Mahatma Gandhi (who after 5 years, fell back to vegetarianism).
What are the drawbacks of a fruitarianism diet plan?
There are a few major drawbacks to a fruitarianism diet plan, notably the large amounts of sugar and the lack of vital nutrients which would normally come from a balanced diet. With the heavy loads of sugar naturally found in fruit, it is very potentially dangerous for those diabetic or pre-diabetic. Tooth decay is also a long-term side effect of eating uniquely sugar-filled fruit. It has been found in a study by The Health Promotion Program at Columbia University in 2002 that following this diet resulted in many deficiencies including iron, protein, B12, and fatty acids.
With fruitarianism, there is a risk that it is not quite sustainable or healthy in the long-term, notably for pregnant women, those with diabetes, children, and teenagers where malnourishment is a possibility. As always, consult with your health specialist before trying any new diet (even if it’s short-term) to be sure that it is right for you. It is also advisable to make changes similar to this very slowly to allow the body to properly adjust.
All-in-all, much like any other “extreme” diets and lifestyles out there, fruitarianism should be practiced safely. If the diet interests you but you do not want to or are unable to commit to it, following a fruitarian meal plan once a week is a great way to detox and reset your system all while being able to meet all your nutritional needsduring the rest of the week.
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