Drawbacks Of The Fruitarian Diet

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    Multiple types of diet plans are in existence today. Furthermore, some of these diets are older and far more established than others. The intended purpose of this article is to discuss the negative aspects of the Fruitarian diet, which is one of the oldest diets around.

    Drawbacks Of The Fruitarian Diet

    Are you attempting to shed some extra pounds as you grapple with a fierce addiction to sweets? Are you in search of a diet plan that will allow you to eat an abundance of sweet foods and simple carbohydrates while you lose this excess weight? Let me introduce you to the Fruitarian diet!

    Fruitarianism can be regarded as a particular spinoff of veganism, and the Fruitarian diet has been in existence for centuries. An individual who follows the Fruitarian diet is basically limited to consuming food items such as nuts, fresh fruits, and seeds. These nuts, fruits, and seeds must be raw and ripe; moreover, cooking and heating of any food items is strongly discouraged. Absolutely no vegetables are permitted in this diet plan. A typical Fruitarian lunch is described in detail below:

    Lunch:
    • 1 cup of raw mixed nuts
    • 1 cup of strawberries
    • 2 bananas
    • 2 tangerines
    • 1 pint of freshly squeezed orange juice

    Doesn't the aforementioned Fruitarian lunch seem so very juicy, tasty, sweet, and filling? Readers might be wondering, "What is the catch?" Without further ado, I will list the multiple drawbacks to the Fruitarian diet below:

    * Nutritional deficiency is a major concern: The Fruitarian diet lacks adequate calcium, iron, fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), riboflavin, and other nutrients. In addition, no fruit in existence contains any vitamin B12. Even though the nuts and seeds contain some fat and protein, the amounts are generally not enough to maintain good health.

    * Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are possible: The Fruitarian diet contains a rather large amount of simple sugars, so the telltale symptoms of high blood sugar and low blood sugar frequently occur. Frequent hunger, excessive urination, thirstiness, tiredness, and cravings for sweet stuff all come with the territory.

    * Tooth decay is a very real possibility: Even natural beverages such as fruit juices contribute to tooth decay because they contain fermentable sugar. Cavities result when fermentable sugar comes into contact with bacteria on the surface of peoples' teeth. Raw fruits typically do not promote tooth decay because they contain protective fiber; however, juices lack this fiber. Constant exposure of tooth surfaces to juice is damaging.

    * Raw fruits can be prohibitively expensive: Compared to canned, dried, or preserved fruits, the raw and ripe varieties are often high-priced in this day and age.

    * Binge eating is common: Simple sugars are capable of causing wild cravings, which frequently results in overeating, binge eating, and 'cheating' (consuming unapproved foods).

    * Extreme weight loss may occur: The most hardcore, strict Fruitarians are often afflicted with extreme weight loss because it is hard to maintain one's weight on a diet plan that allow only nuts, fruits, and seeds.

    * The diet can be difficult to follow for the long term: Many dieters never feel physically satisfied while following the Fruitarian diet and eventually give up.

    The Fruitarian diet is a plan that can result in some serious weight loss. However, the drawbacks to this plan are abundant. To be perfectly blunt, the Fruitarian diet is not nutritionally balanced and should be avoided.
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 24, '17
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  3. by   2BRN123
    The total lack of protein would be #1 on my list of drawbacks.
  4. by   kplp1111
    I would not worry about a lack of protein. The menu listed above includes one cup of nuts wich would fullfill your protein needs for that meal. I am a "so-so" vegan... meaning I am vegan for a month or so than I cheat and murder a cow..... A nice juicy cow.... After I get my fix a eat vegan again.

    That diet looks great. The only thing I would reccomend is to add legumes. I know its fruit based.
  5. by   2BRN123
    Quote from kplp1111
    I would not worry about a lack of protein. The menu listed above includes one cup of nuts wich would fullfill your protein needs for that meal. I am a "so-so" vegan... meaning I am vegan for a month or so than I cheat and murder a cow..... A nice juicy cow.... After I get my fix a eat vegan again.

    That diet looks great. The only thing I would reccomend is to add legumes. I know its fruit based.
    I don't know, my minimum protein requirement for a day is 80g. Not sure I'd want to eat upwards of 4 cups of nuts a day to meet the minimum and still be lacking essential aminos because nuts aren't complete proteins.
  6. by   TopazLover
    Have to admit I never considered such a diet. I am not sure I would make it out of the BR before I passed out with hypo glycemia.
  7. by   nurseprnRN
    read steve jobs' biography if you want a close look at long-term fruitarianism. it will have you running for the nearest butcher for a good steak.
  8. by   RNsRWe
    I once did a fruit-only diet as a weight loss plan for a short-term goal. I wanted to drop 5-8 pounds, and I did....mostly by cr@pping my GUTS out for days on end! I think I'd have been better off with a good bowel prep...
  9. by   TheCommuter
    Fruitarian diets are loaded with drawbacks and negative consequences, which is why I recommend that readers avoid it altogether. However, since spinoffs of veganism are considered so 'chic' and cool these days, I thought that Fruitarianism was an interesting topic to write about.
  10. by   pgotm
    Any one have thoughts about primal/paleo diets?
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from pgotm
    Any one have thoughts about primal/paleo diets?
    Not yet. I will need to do some more research. However, I will definitely write about paleo diets in the near future!
  12. by   tothepointeLVN
    There is an even more extreme version of Fruitarian those that will only eat fruit that have naturally fallen from the tree.
  13. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from pgotm
    Any one have thoughts about primal/paleo diets?
    Somebody wrote a very recent article on the Paleo diet. Click on the link below if you are interested in reading up on it.

    http://allnurses-breakroom.com/weigh...ie-748609.html
  14. by   Tweety
    Quote from Leo*
    The total lack of protein would be #1 on my list of drawbacks.
    Even without the nuts the above statement is false. All the foods on the list in the OP have amino acids. Granted, strawberries only have one gm of protein, but just saying. A good resource is this site: Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Strawberries, raw

    My protein requirements are about 65 gms and is found by eating a wide variety of vegan foods. I'm not an advocate of severely restrictive diets like fruit only, or high protein, or low fat, but one that has variety and balance but that excludes animal products. This is what works for me, might not be ideal for everyone. Considering all the suffering the standard American diet causes I'll avoid that one.

    PCRM | How Can I Get Enough Protein? The Protein Myth

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