Pawpaw Hunting With Mike Vlasaty At Ohio Pawpaw Festival

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This is a video of UK Fruitfest founder, Ronnie Smith, heading on an adventure to find Pawpaw with the world’s strongerst Fruitarian Mike Vlasaty.

The search begins in Chicago before heading to the Ohio Pawpaw Festival in Albany, Ohio.

Watch the video to learn more.

The Fruit Picker used by Mike can be viewed on Amazon by clicking the link below.

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Of fruits and frugivores: How fruits colour themselves to attract animals

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The Hindu has published an article showing the connection between how colourful fruits are in an area and the visual capacity of the frugivores consuming that fruit.

The article is here:

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/of-fruits-and-frugivores-how-fruits-colour-themselves-to-attract-animals/article25096833.ece

It start’s off:

“The colour of the fruit depends primarily on the visual capacity of the local seed dispersing animals

Ever wondered why certain fruits are red and some green? Well, you are not alone. This question has puzzled scientists for many years and now a team of researchers from Germany, Canada and Madagascar have a simple answer — to attract animals. The colour of the fruit depends primarily on the visual capacity of the local seed dispersing animals.”

This research points towards a fact that we already know.  Our colour vision is related to our history of eating fruit. 

Human’s primarily locate our food visually.  This is why we would be terrible carnivores or omnivores.  Animals have no desire to be eaten and hide and camouflage themselves in the jungle.  Hunting is a difficult process for humans as we are not equipped for it in any way.

Fruit on the other hands wants to be eaten and therefore stands out to those animals it wants to be eaten by.  As we scan a forest area with our eyesight we can immediately pick out the different hues of flowers, berries and other fruits.  They are easy to find.

Have you ever went foraging for fruit? 

It is almost like an unused muscle in your brain switches on and goes into overdrive.  The quickness and speed of the eyes and out ability to calculate the location, quality, size and ripeness of particular fruits is quite exceptional.

The ease with which we can shake a tree to get the fruits to fall or simply reach up and climb the tree to pick the fruits off is obvious.  It shows that we are perfectly suited to find and collect fruit.  When we add this to the design of our digestive system and how easily we digest fruits it is hard to argue that we are not matched most closely with a classification of frugivore.

Imagine trying to find those fruits without colour vision.  It would be almost impossible.  Or how about trying to pick them and eat them without hands to open them?  Also very difficult, and virtually impossible.

The article finishes, with an interesting point:

“The researchers also found that in both Uganda and Madagascar, fruit species that rely on bird seed dispersal tend to be redder while those which specialise on primate seed dispersal are greener. “This may be explained by the fact that primates possess an excellent sense of smell and their heavier reliance on fruit scent means that, on an average, fruits need to invest less in visual signals,” explains Dr. Omer Nevo, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Ulm, Germany, and one of the authors of the paper.”

Certainly, it would be easy for us to find a Durian in the trees through smell alone, bananas also have a strong smell when ripening.

Feel free to share this article or comment below with your thoughts.

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Orange Turns Purple: Australian Scientists Solve Fruit Mystery

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A recent story reported by the BBC tells the story of a mystery orange that turned purple.  

You can read the original version here- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45648299

The article states:

“Australian health authorities say they have solved a mystery that prompted much speculation earlier this month.

It began when a Brisbane woman, Neti Moffitt, asked for an investigation into why an orange – partially eaten by her son – had later changed colour.

Scientists have now revealed it was due to a natural reaction between the fruit and a sharpened knife. The orange did not pose a health risk, they added.

Stewart Carswell, Queensland Health’s chief chemist, said “numerous tests” were conducted to determine the cause of the colour change.

The results revealed that anthocyanins – a naturally occurring antioxidant in oranges – had reacted with iron particles from the newly sharpened blade, he said.”

Have you ever had an orange turn purple?  

 

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How To Put On A Fruit Festival – Interview with John Kohler and Ronnie Smith

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This video includes an interview with UK Fruitfest founder, Ronnie Smith, about the process of putting on a Fruit Festival.  If you are interested in putting on such an event this video should be very helpful.

The interview with Ronnie starts at 21:10. 

Already, this video has led to someone getting in touch with UK Fruitfest to get advice on starting another event.  Feel free to contact us for advice on launching your own event.  Email info@fruitfest.co.uk.

 

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“Let’s All Go Raw” Song By Joe Best At UK Fruitfest 2018

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Joe Best hosted an awesome open mic night at UK Fruitfest this year.  As part of this he played his own song “Let’s All Go Raw”.  Feel free to share the song and find more from Joe at his “Raw Awakening” Youtube channel.

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The Best Raw Vegan Pizza Ever!

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Once upon a time, I created a raw vegan pizza for a raw dinner party I was hosting.  I had tried to copy part of a recipe by my friend Chris Kendall but decided to throw in a few ideas of my idea.  Turned out that was a mistake!

My friend Matthew, who was at the dinner party, tried one bite of my pizza and literally ended up collapsing.  We never fully worked out what was wrong with the pizza but it taught me a lesson:

When It Comes to Raw Pizza, Follow The Advice Of The Master!

I have no doubt that the master of the Raw Pizza is Chris Kendall. Chris has been working exclusively on mastering the raw pizza for the last 2 years . But not any old, raw pizza…

….the healthiest and most delicious raw pizzas of all time!

This will change the way you look at what you can do on a raw vegan diet.

You will wow your friends with pizzas so delicious they won’t believe that they are raw and vegan.

You will use these recipes time and time again.

Ever tried to make a raw pizza?

It can be a little dissappointing.  There are 3 parts to get right and if anything goes wrong it just won’t work. Take it from me, listen to the master raw chef Chris Kendall.

He has just released the book today and for a short time there is a sale on to get the book at the very low price on 14.95 dollars (around £10). You can use PayPal to purchase easily.

I recently purchased the book myself and went through it with a friend.  We were both amazed by the quality of the book, and the innovation in the recipes.  It made us immediately want to try them all out.  It also made me think that if I had wanted to work all of these recipes myself it would have taken me years to work out how to do it.

You will love this book! Chris’s recipe are copied in kitchens all over the world because they are simple and they work. Even better they are healthy too!

Get the book today go directly to www.therawadvantage.com to get your copy.

This post is not sponsored by Chris and we are not making money from it. We want to support good raw vegan products and authors like Chris because they help further our aim of spreading knowledge and education about the raw vegan lifestyle to our audience and the world.

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Fruitarians Featured In The News Worldwide

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Fruitarians Featured In The News Worldwide

You may have seen that a Fruitarian couple have been featured a lot online recently.

Simon and Tina, from Fit Shortie Eats on Youtube,  and also @fit_shortie_eats on Instagram have been written about in the Daily Mail online, the Sun, The India Times, The Metro as well as other media sources.

Their story has been shared  in slightly different ways but mostly focuses on the fact that they have eaten “nothing but fruit” for 3 years.

The Daily Mail goes with the headline:

 

“Couple who’ve eaten nothing but FRUIT for three years claim their extreme diet makes them ‘feel high’ – and say it helps with weight loss and anti-ageing”

You can read more of it HERE

Whereas The Sun goes with:

 

“Couple who claim they’ve eaten nothing but FRUIT for three years say extreme diet makes them ‘feel high’ – and they no longer brush teeth as ‘fibre cleans them’”

Which you can read HERE

The Couple’s Story

The story is that Tina, from Poland found the Fruitarian diet after doing a pre-Christmas cleanse.  She was happy with her results and to fully commit to the lifestyle she decided to move to Bali to get away from the temptations she had at home and also to discover more exotic fruits.

Simon moved to Bali partly inspired by Tina’s instagram posts and they later met and eventually started a relationship.

They have grown a large following online and are inspiring a lot of people with their story.  It is fantastic to see more Fruitarians getting out there with a positive message.  It also goes to show that the media and people in general, are very interested and curious in stories about the Fruitarian diet.

Perhaps more Fruitarians should be trying to get their story out to the world like this?

The Fruitarian Diet And Teeth

They claim not to have brushed their teeth in years yet their teeth have been better than ever. Tina says:

“When you eat whole fruit the fibre in the fruit cleans out your teeth. I don’t brush my teeth either.

“When I went for a check-up after three years, the dentist called two other dentists to show my teeth to them – my teeth were in such good condition she couldn’t believe it.

“But please don’t try this with dried fruit – as this sticks to your teeth and makes them rot.”

Tina makes a great point about dried fruit.  A lot of people have had problems with their teeth eating fruit but many have potentially had these problems coming from dried fruit, like dates, rather than fresh, juicy fruit.

Still, to limit and potential problems with teeth, it is generally recommended that you have a discussion with your dentist about the state of your teeth and continue to practise good dental hygiene.

Where Can You Learn More?

You can learn more about the couple by searching for the Youtube channel “Fit Shortie Eats” on Youtube or following Tina on instagram: @fit_shortie_eats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Film Of UK Fruitfest 2018 From “Awkwardly Kim”

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One of our attendees from 2018, Kimberley Collins, has made a great short film of the event.  It is hosted on her Youtube channel which you can check out here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnvDVrTepMOExgRjoM3PCBw

Have a watch of the film below.  It includes footage from FullyRaw Kristina, Ted Carr and Melissa from Raw Food Romance.

 

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Get Paid To Eat Avocado

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A recent article published on the Boston Globe website is claiming that there is a new study in which participants will be paid to eat an avocado every day for 6 months.

You can read that article here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2018/08/30/holy-guacamole-tufts-study-you-can-get-paid-eat-avocados/40xYLGf66YNKtRhpyVKZgP/story.html

The study seeks to discover what is the effect on body weight of a person consuming one avocado per day.  Most people would assume that as avocados are high in calories and fat that naturally they will make a person gain weight. However, some information suggests this may not be the case.

This topic has been covered somewhat in this video by NutritionFacts youtube channel:

It has been found that avocado eaters are healthier and slimmer, however the question is whether that is anything to do with the avocados themselves or whether it is an indication that avocado eaters generally have a healthier diet.

It appears there has been no conclusive study on this yet, so it will be interesting to see the results.

Four American Universities have teamed up to enroll 1000 people into the trial, called the “Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial”.

If you are anywhere near Tufts University, Loma Linda University, Pennsylvania State University, or University of California, Los Angeles perhaps you can get involved and get free avocado for 6 months!

 

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Indian Website Says Raw Food Diet Is A Growing Sensation Around The World

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An Indian website, NDTV, has just released an article claiming that the raw food diet is a growing sensation around the world.  The article gives a lot of positive information about the raw diet and you can read more here:

Raw Food Diet Is A Growing Sensation All Over The World! Here’s Everything You Should Know About It

 

Here are some of the main points it makes:

Here are six health benefits of consuming a raw food diet:

1. Increase fruit and vegetable consumption: The raw food diet basically consists of vitamin-rich, fresh and sweet fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. Fruits have few calories and keep energized and satisfied throughout the day. The fiber in fruits aids in slow and healthy digestion. Vegetables provide all the essential minerals. Green and leafy vegetables like spinach and kale are rich in protein which is beneficial for muscle strength. Vegetables and fruits can be blended or juiced, added to smoothies and can be consumed in salads as well.

2. Weight loss: The raw diet is believed to be low in fat which helps you in losing weightquickly. It primarily consists of carbohydrates and protein. The fats that are consumed in a raw food diet are unsaturated fats which basically come from nuts, seeds and avocados. Unsaturated fats are much healthier than the saturated fats and do not lead to weight gain.

3. Maintaining a healthy heart: The raw food is a heart-friendly diet as it keeps a check on the cholesterol levels due to its low sodium content. With low added salt, the raw food diet reduces the risk of heart diseases. It allows the heart to pump more efficiently and increase the efficiency of blood flow, thus maintaining a healthy heart.

4. Balanced diet: The raw food diet consists of enough carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and fats which together constitute a balanced diet. Raw food makes the body feel light, active and alert all day long.

5. Gluten-free: A low-gluten or gluten-free diet is recommended if you are health-conscious. Gluten, which is found mainly in grains, is not easily digested. Grains require cooking in order to be digested; hence they are completely eliminated from the diet.

6. No starving: The best part of eating a raw diet is that it is low in calories. As long as you are eating raw and plant-based foods, you can have as much as you want without the worry of gaining weight. On a raw diet, you can fill your stomach as much with the wonderful fruits and vegetables as your heart desires.

It is rare to see an article that is overwhelmingly positive about a raw food diet.  Feel free to share and leave your comments below.

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