You’ve heard of vegetarian diets, vegan diets, and even the more obscure ones like the Paleo diet. But you might not be familiar with a relatively new green diet – the Fruitarian diet.
Fruitarians, as the name suggests, is a diet that involves consuming nothing but raw fruits and the occasional vegetable. They believe that eating nothing but raw plants promotes health and happiness, though it’s actually one of the more restrictive diets around.
As with anything new or not fully understood, fruitarians have their supporters and skeptics. The former believe fruits are always healthy, whether they’re a small part of your diet, or 100% of it. The latter feels the risks of malnourishment is high, depriving the body of essential vitamins and nutrients offered in other food groups.
Here’s what you need to know.
Do you really only eat fruit for every meal?
The fruitarian diet isn’t entirely comprised of consistent helpings of fruit. In actuality, the diet descriptions mandate that no more than 75% of foods consumed should be raw fruit. That leaves a quarter of your diet some food flexibility to correct nutritional imbalances.
How can I transition to a fruitarian diet?
If you opt for a fruitarian diet, tread lightly. When you’re first starting, make sure your diet includes a variety of fruits. Complement with nuts, seeds, or vegetables with every fruit meal, giving you the missing fats and proteins your body requires. This works two-fold, also smoothing out blood sugar spikes from eating nothing but fruit.
Some oily fruits can provide an alternative fat source, including avocados, bananas, and coconuts.
What are the benefits?
Fruits are loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants. Some also possess significant vitamin C and beta-carotene contents; research has also shown fruits can reduce the risk of cancer or other chronic ailments.
Weight loss can follow a fruitarian diet, though dieticians don’t see this as a benefit. If you veer off the diet, you’ll regain those pounds rapidly.
And the risks?
As mentioned above, the fruitarian diet is an extremely restrictive one, and can cause several health problems. The diet has been associated with conditions such as:
- Weight Gain
- Tooth Decay
- Nutritional Deficiency
- Starvation Mode
If you think the fruitarian diet’s pros outweigh the cons, consult your practitioner before making any hasty decisions. They’ll likely provide you with the necessary dietary supplements required to overcome any vitamin or mineral deficiencies from the diet.