Today, in this fast-paced life people are always short of time when it comes to exercise, yoga, running etc. In order to achieve that perfect body without having to indulge in these activities, certain food fads or fad diets have been developed. Basically food fads develop when you experiment with some diet ideology. This is how Fruitarian Diet has emerged that primarily (70-75%) focuses on fruits in the botanical sense.
A fruitarian diet is mainly based on four factors:
- Fruits are possibly the most natural of all foods
- They are easy to source
- They are easy to digest
- They are acceptable to all religions
Apart from fruits it may include nuts, seeds, raw and vegan food. Animal products are not at all consumed in a fruitarian diet. It is one of the most restrictive yet effective diet. A fruitarian diet has been around for a long time. In fact, “many fruitarians believe that the original fruitarians were Adam and Eve (of paradise).”
Nature has provided us with so many colourful, mouth-watering and healthy fruits such as Açaí Berries, Apples, Bananas, Grapefruit, Blueberries, Dragon fruit, Cherries, Oranges, Blackberries, Cranberries, Citrus fruits, Grapes, Kiwi, Plums, Pineapple, Raspberries, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Papaya, Strawberries, Avocados, Pomegranate. Most of the fruits help the body to remove toxins and also help to get rid of excess mucous which relieves the symptoms of cold and catarrhal.
There Are Seven Basic Fruit Groups:
Fruits which include: Strawberries, Pineapples, Citrus, Kiwi, Pomegranates, Cranberries.
Sweet fruits which include: Grapes, Melons and Bananas.
Sub-acid fruits which include: Papaya, Raspberries, Mangoes, Blueberries, Figs, Sweet apples, Cherries, Blackberries, Peaches, Pears and Apricots.
Dried fruits: Figs, Apricots, Dates, Cherries, Apples, Raisins, Cranberries, Prunes and Bananas.
Nuts: Almonds, Pistachios, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Cashews, Pine nuts, Beechnuts and Walnuts.
Seeds: Pumpkin, Sunflower, Sesame and Squash.
Oily fruits: Coconuts, Avocados and Olives.
Typical Fruit Diet Plan–
(6-9 a.m.) Early morning: Squeeze lemon juice in lukewarm water and take it every morning. Have Raisins and melon juice.
(9 a.m.) Midmorning: You can have as many apples, figs, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, figs, pears and cucumber, as you like.
(12-3 p.m.) Noon: Apricots, peaches, oranges and papayas in any amount desired.
(3-6 p.m.) Mid-afternoon: Red plums, mango, strawberries, cherries, persimmons, pomegranates, watermelon, and tomatoes.
(6-9 p.m.) Evening: Raspberries, Grapes and blackberries.
(9-11 p.m.) Late evening: Pomegranates, mango, cherries, strawberries, watermelon, red plums, persimmons, pomegranates and tomatoes.
- First and foremost, it is low in calories, cooking is not required and it is rich in fibre.
- Fruits provide vitamins such as B-Complex (except for B12) and minerals.
- Prevents and cure insomnia, constipation, cancer, depression and digestive problems.
- Strengthens the immune system, helps in weight loss, healing wounds, minimising menstrual pain.
- Reduces acne, gives glowing skin, healthy thick and soft hair, improves eyesight, healthy nails.
- Improves muscle coordination and helps control drug addiction, alcohol and tobacco.
- Lack of Nutrients – A fruitarian diet can’t possibly provide all the nutrients that your body needs. Fruitarian diets are very restrictive, therefore, one can end up with a lot of deficiencies.
- Iron Deficiency – Due to the lack of iron, a fruitarian diet can enhance the chances of developing Anaemia and one would also feel constantly fatigued.
- Calcium Deficiency – There is a high risk of calcium deficiency as most fruitarian diets do not include any dairy products. This can also make your bones weak and more susceptible to breaking.
- Slow Metabolism – If your body doesn’t get enough calories with a fruitarian diet, it could get into a state of catabolism. This means that it will start to derive energy from its own tissue and as a result, your metabolism will slow down.
- Too Much Sugar – A fruitarian diet consists of a lot of natural sugar. Consuming a lot of sugar can lead to various problems such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, liver diseases etc.
Does it Make Sense?
- If you are dependent on fruitarian diet for more than 7 days, you are at risk.
- A 7-day fruit diet should be under the guidance of an experienced nutritionist.
- An all day fruit diet once a fortnight can detoxify your body.
- A 3-day fruit diet is usually prescribed by an alternative health specialist.
- Fruit are healthy, no doubt, but only as part of a balanced diet.
A fruitarian diet, indeed, helps to lose weight but requires a lot of strength, mental and physical. If you really want to give it a try then make your diet 50-70% fruitarian, not a complete 100%. It is suggested that before starting a fruitarian diet, you must consult your doctor. They will provide you with the necessary supplements which you’ll need to overcome the deficiencies.