Steve Jobs was a famous fruitarian, someone who eats primarily raw fruit. Some fruitarians will also eat nuts and seeds, but all dieters of this type eschew vegetables, grains and animal products. There are no scientific studies confirming the benefits of this type of diet, but proponents claim that it promotes mental clarity, concentration, energy and self-confidence, along with weight loss, a stronger immune system and cancer prevention. Before you try it out, it's important to get clearance from your doctor. This type of diet is considered a fad diet because it severely restricts what you can eat, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and it can cause health problems for some people.
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What Fruitarians Eat
There are five basic fruit groups to choose from if you're fruitarian: acid fruits, including citrus, cranberries, pomegranates and strawberries; subacid fruits, such as apples, raspberries, sweet cherries, mangoes, blueberries, peaches and pears; sweet fruits, including bananas, melons and grapes; dried fruits like dates, figs and apricots, with no added sugar; and oily fruits, such as coconuts and avocados. If you eat nuts and seeds, you can choose from any variety.
Rules and Regulations
Some fruitarians choose to eat what they want when they want, as long as they stick to fruit, nuts and seeds; however, other fruitarians follow specific rules that prescribe only eating one type of fruit at a time and then waiting 45 to 90 minutes before eating another type of fruit. For example, if you choose to eat peaches for lunch, then you would only eat peaches. You can eat as many peaches as you want, and stop when you are full. In 45 to 90 minutes, if you decide you want to have grapes or almonds, you can eat one of those to fullness.
A Typical Day's Meals
According to Diet.com, a typical early-morning meal for a fruitarian might include the juice of three to five lemons, freshly squeezed; raisins; and as much melon or melon juice as you want. Midmorning, enjoy as many figs, pears, grapes or kiwis as you want. Around noon, eat to your heart's content peaches, papayas, oranges or tangerines. Midafternoon, have a snack of strawberries, mangoes, cherries, pomegranates, tomatoes or watermelon. At dinnertime, chow down on blackberries, raspberries or grapes, and before bed, snack on strawberries, persimmons, plums or watermelon. If you eat nuts and seeds, eat them in moderation, as fats should make up about 10 percent of the fruitarian diet, according to the No Meat Athlete website.
Drawbacks of Fruitarianism
Fruitarians advocate eating the freshest organic fruit, which can be very expensive for most people, considering the amount of fruit you're eating. In addition, the diet can be socially isolating. If you live with your partner, spouse or children who are not fruitarians, meal planning can be difficult. Going out to eat with friends can be almost impossible since many restaurants won't have the foods you eat. Lastly, although people can thrive on the diet, some people will experience negative effects due to deficiencies of certain nutrients, including vitamin B-12, calcium, iron, zinc and protein, especially if the diet is not planned carefully.