Fruitarian Anne Osborne Featured In UK’s Biggest Newspaper “The Sun”

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Fruitarian Anne Osborne Featured In UK’s Biggest Newspaper “The Sun”

 

The article, titled:

 Mum who has only eaten FRUIT for the last 27 years claims she never gets hungry – and even brought her children up on the same raw diet

Can be read in full here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/food/7569677/mum-only-eaten-fruit-27-years-children-same-diet/

Recently, a journalist approached us to ask to speak to a Fruitarian.  We said “you want someone who ONLY eat’s fruit?”

They said “yes!”

The best person we could think of was Anne Osborne.

Anne has been a speaker at the UK Fruitfest for the last 5 years and works full time for the Woodstock Fruit Festival.  She authored the book “Fruitarianism: The Path to Paradise” and has spoken at many festivals and events around the world on her Fruitarian path.

She has also brought up two children on a fruit diet who showed no signs of poor health as a result.

Here is a clip of Anne Speaking at the UK Fruitfest (you can find more clips at our youtube channel):

 

 

 

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What’s Wrong With The Wikipedia Page on “Fruitarianism”

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What’s Wrong With The Wikipedia Page on “Fruitarianism”

by Ronnie Smith
 
Many people who are researching Fruitarianism or Raw Veganism for the first time may end up reading Wikipedia.  Wikipedia is an online dictionary which is made up by contributions mostly from volunteers.  I am not sure exactly how this is policed, but obviously the system has some flaws.
 
I have tried to edit the page on “Fruitarianism” in the past, but it seems to always have been edited back again.  For this post, I will go through the page and point on what I see as being wrong with it.  I will post the Wikipedia information in BOLD and my comments in ITALICS.

 

Here we go:

 

Fruitarianism (/frˈtɛəriənɪzəm/) is a diet that consists entirely or primarily of fruits in the botanical sense, and possibly nuts and seeds, but without animal products. Fruitarianism is a subset of dietary veganism.

 

Mostly so far this is accurate, though some would suggest that nuts are not a part of a fruitarian diet.

 

Fruitarianism may be adopted for different reasons, including ethicalreligiousenvironmental, cultural, economic, and health. There are several varieties of the diet. Some people with a diet consisting of 75% or more fruit consider themselves fruitarians.[1]

 

I haven’t met anyone who became a fruitarian for religious, cultural, environmental or economic reasons.  It tends to be a choice made for ethical or health reasons primarily.

I had no idea where the 75% figure came from but apparently it was a survey by Tom Billings from a very old website called “Living and Raw Foods”…this doesn’t seem to be the best source.  

 

Definitions

 

Some fruitarians will eat only what falls (or would fall) naturally from a plant: that is, foods that can be harvested without killing or harming the plant.[2][3][4] 

These foods consist primarily of culinary fruits, nuts, and seeds.[5]According to author Adam Gollner, some fruitarians eat only fallen fruit.[6][page needed][unreliable source?] 

 

No fruitarian eats only fallen fruit.  This is an unusual myth that seems to have been spread by the book “Fruit Hunters”.  This practise would be impossible unless you had a very large personal orchard.

 

Some do not eat grains, believing it is unnatural to do so,[7] 

 

The reference for this link is not a fruitarian website as far as I can see and I am not sure why this is connected.  The point is probably true though.

 

and some fruitarians feel that it is improper for humans to eat seeds[8] as they contain future plants,[6][page needed] or nuts and seeds,[9] or any foods besides juicy fruits.[10] Others believe they should eat only plants that spread seeds when the plant is eaten.[11] Others eat seeds and some cooked foods.[12] 

 

I’m starting to realise quite a few sources come from Tom Billings, who runs a site called Beyond Vegetarianism and who is clearly anti Fruitarian: “The material on this site is predominantly (but not totally) critical of fruitarianism.”

There is no clear definition of Fruitarian that is completely agreed upon.  Most use the word casually to mean that they love to eat a lot of fruit and they may believe it to be the best and healthiest diet. 

Others believe that Fruitarian should mean a completely raw diet based on fruit and others believe it should mean a strictly fruit diet with a particular philosophy towards not harming plants being connected to it.  Until the community of Fruitarians grows larger it is unlikely to have a clear definition anytime soon.

 

Some fruitarians use the botanical definitions of fruits and consume pulses, such as beanspeas, or other legumes. Other fruitarians’ diets include raw fruits, dried fruits, nuts, honey and olive oil,[13] or fruits, nuts, beans and chocolate.[14]

 

These are all vague ideas taken from unreliable sources.  Few people would classify beans and legumes as being fruits.  Most fruitarians are vegan and would avoid honey.

 

Motivation

Some fruitarians wish, like Jains, to avoid killing anything, including plants,[12] and refer to ahimsa fruitarianism.[15] For some fruitarians, the motivation comes from a fixation on a utopian past, their hope being to return to a past that pre-dates an agrarian society to when humans were simply gatherers.[16] 

 

The first sentence I believe to be mostly true however there is no clear source for people talking about “ahimsa fruitarianism” and it is not something I have heard many people mention. 

The bit about the “utopian” past was written by a lady that attended the Woodstock Fruit Festival years ago then wrote a slightly negative article about it.  I think there is some truth in what she is saying, though we are mostly looking towards a better future.  Once again, this is showing that sources are not coming from experts or from research but the opinion of a journalist.

 

Another common motivation is the desire to eliminate perceived toxicity from within the body. For others, the appeal of a fruitarian diet comes from the challenge that the restrictive nature of this diet provides.[16]

 

Once again this comes from THIS ARTICLE.  Eliminating toxicity is definitely a desire among many fruitarians.  Some also may like the challenge but it is very unlikely that they perceive it as restrictive in any way.

 

Nutritional concerns

According to nutritionists, adults must be careful not to follow a fruit-only diet for too long.[17] A fruitarian diet is wholly unsuitable for children (including teens), and several children have died due to having fruitarian diets imposed on them.[18][17]

 

The first source for this was a report about a couple who’s baby died after they fed it a fruitarian diet.  This is the report here

In this case it is very unclear what the issue was.  Firstly, the baby died at 9 months old.  It is recommended that babies live purely on breast milk for the first 6 months of life, then solid food starts to be added to supplement the breast milk.  After 6 months, slowly, solid foods are introduced but breast milk is still the main source of nutrition.  This is from the NHS website:

“Your baby’s first foods can include mashed or soft cooked fruit and vegetables – such as parsnip, potato, yam, sweet potato, carrot, apple or pear – all cooled before eating.  Soft fruits, like peach or melon, or baby rice or baby cereal mixed with your baby’s usual milk are good as well”

Therefore, it would not be at all unusual for a baby to be on a diet mostly consisting of breast milk and fruit up to 9 months old.  The other foods in this example (yams etc) are not providing nutrition not already found in fruit.

It seems like the doctors warned that the mother’s breast milk was deficient.  Why was this the case?  Was it because of the mother’s fruitarian diet?  What exactly was it deficient in? We don’t know exactly, but I would suspect that the mother was perhaps not creating enough breast milk to fully satisfy the child.

Later the article suggests the child had a vitamin D deficiency, however it is not clear when this was determined or who by.

Later on the article quotes nutritionists saying that a fruitarian diet is unsuitable for a young child. Certainly for a child this young, they should be on breast milk almost entirely, so a fruitarian diet would not be recommended. But this one unclear scenario should not be used to discredit a fruitarian diet as we don’t know exactly what the parents did wrong.

The statement that several children have died after having fruitarian diets imposed on them is not backed up by a source.

The other source is a Columbia University website called Ask Alice that provides no sources for it’s assertions.

 

Nutritional deficiencies

 

Fruitarianism is even more restrictive than veganism or raw veganism.[19] Maintaining this diet over a long period can result in dangerous deficiencies, a risk that many fruitarians try to ward off through nutritional testing and vitamin injections.[16] The Health Promotion Program at Columbia University reports that a fruitarian diet can cause deficiencies in calciumproteinironzincvitamin D, most B vitamins (especially B12), and essential fatty acids.

 

These assertions are not based on studies of people on long term fruitarian diets and this is one of the weakest parts of the whole article.  This comes from the opinion of a Columbia University website but does not prove any of it’s statements with reference to any science.  

Personally, I have yet to see major deficiency problems exist among fruitarians and this is mostly scare mongering.  Until a proper study is done we can not determine whether these opinions are correct.

In reality, the best way for us to determine if this would likely be the case in humans would be to study other animals that have the same digestive and anantomical design as us.  We see these animals, such as Bonobos, thrive on a diet of of mostly fruit.  This would suggest that we would be perfectly capable of doing this as humans.

 

Although fruits provide a source of carbohydrates, they have very little protein, and because protein cannot be stored in the body as fat and carbohydrates can, fruitarians need to be careful that they consume enough protein each day.[20] When the body does not take in enough protein, it misses out on amino acids, which are essential to making body proteins which support the growth and maintenance of body tissues.[20] 

 

Very poor source for this.  An article about Steve Jobs in which a nutritionist has been asked for an opinion.  Our requirement for protein is very low and similar to that of other apes that subsist almost entirely on fruit.  The ratio of protein in fruit is similar to that in mother’s milk.  Eating enough calories each day will ensure enough protein.

 

Consuming high levels of fruit also poses a risk to those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic, due to the negative effect that the large amounts of sugar in fruits has on blood sugar levels.[21] 

 

A Fruitarian (raw vegan) I know that is a diabetic is Robby Barbaro from masteringdiabetes.com.  He is helping people to reverse diabetes through eating fruit. By the way, he has Type 1 Diabetes which developed for him in childhood.

A lot of information out there is telling diabetics to be careful with fruit.  In reality people should be moving away from the foods which cause diabetes, the high fat animal products that people are consuming to excess in the standard diet.

 

These high levels of sugar means that fruitarians are at high risk for tooth decay.[21] 

 

Many fruit eaters have experienced tooth decay but many have not.  It is unclear as to whether the fruit is the problem or a lack of personal hygiene sometimes displayed among fruitarians.  Many will give up using toothpaste or brushing teeth for a while and damage can set in without them realising leading to future problems.

Dried fruit can certainly be a big part of this problem as it is more likely to stick to the teeth which is a major contributor to tooth decay.  Modern dentistry allows us to live a comfortable life even if our teeth have become damaged.

 

Another concern that fruitarianism presents is that because fruit is easily digested, the body burns through meals quickly, and is hungry again soon after eating.[16] A side effect of the digestibility is that the body will defecate more frequently.[16] 

 

It is unusual to make an argument that the problem with fruit is that it is easy to digest.  This is actually a benefit. Why would we want to eat something hard to digest?

Many people suffering from constipation would see defecating more frequently as a benefit, not something to be feared.

Once again this is a very poor source.  The Guardian article written by a newcomer to the diet who did not know how to eat enough fruit to satisfy her self.  Most people feel very satisfied on a fruit diet.

 

Additionally, the Health Promotion Program at Columbia reports that food restrictions in general may lead to hunger, cravings, food obsessions, social disruptions, and social isolation.[18] The severe dietary restrictions inherent in a fruitarian regime also carries the serious risk of triggering orthorexia nervosa.[16]

 

Once again another poor source.  A Fruitarian diet is not based around restriction but embracing the abundance of fruit.  As for eating disorders, these seem to be triggered more by the standard diet than any other diet.

The source here is not making any reference to any particular study on this.  Giving up addictive foods will lead to cravings, but that is not a bad thing.  Food obsessions are displayed throughout all dietary types.

 

Vitamin B12[edit]

Vitamin B12, a bacterial product, cannot be obtained from fruits. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health “natural food sources of vitamin B12 are limited to foods that come from animals.”[22] Like raw vegans who do not consume B12-fortified foods (certain plant milks and breakfast cereals, for example), fruitarians may need to include a B12 supplement in their diet or risk vitamin B12 deficiency.

 

Vitamin B12 deficiency exists across all diets and also exists in farm animals.  People who become b12 deficient are not recommended to eat more animal products but to supplement with b12.  In general, vegans are recommended to take b12 as their levels are lower on average that the majority of the population.  However many fruitarians do not supplement with b12 or any vitamin.

 

Growth and development issues

In children, growth and development may be at risk. Some nutritionists state that children should not follow a fruitarian diet. Nutritional problems include severe protein–energy malnutritionanemia and deficiencies including proteins, iron, calcium, essential fatty acids, raw fibre and a wide range of vitamins and minerals.[23]

 

The source for this is a book that I don’t have access to reading right now.  It is hard to know where the evidence for any of these assertions comes from. 

One thing we know is that when people say “protein deficiency” it is not clear what they mean as this is not a known medical condition.  Usually protein deficiency actually means a deficiency in calories, leading the body to consume it’s own protein to survive.

Studies on fruitarian children suffering from any of these deficiencies do not exist to my knowledge.

 

Notable adherents

Some notable advocates of fruitarianism, or of diets which may be considered fruitarian, or of lifestyles including such a diet, are:

 

August Englerhardt actually tried to live on Coconuts.  He is not a well known name in the Fruitarian world.

Arnold Ehret is for many seen as a pioneer of the fruitarian movement.

Raymond Bernard and Hereward Carrington wrote about the diet but are once again not particularly well known in Fruitarian circles.

Essie Honiball is a fairly well known pioneer of Fruitarianism.

Ashton Kutcher went on a short term fruitarian diet in preparation for this film.  It seems like he did not seek any advice on how to perform this.  This is unusual as his wife at the time, Demi Moore, is well known to have experimented with a high raw vegan diet and to have worked with Dr Doug Graham, one of the experts on a fruit based raw vegan diet. There is absolutely no connection between eating fruit and pancreatic cancer.

 

Ross Horne[31] and Viktoras Kulvinskas[32] appeared to only describe the fruitarian diet.[33] Johnny Lovewisdom experimented with different diets, including juicy fruitarianism,[34] liquidarianism (juices only),[35] vitarianism (fruit, vegetables, raw dairy)[36] and breatharianism.[37]

 

An unusual set of writers to reference, none of which particularly lived on a fruitarian diet long term.

 

Author Morris Krok, who earlier in his life lived “only on fruits”,[38] allegedly advised against a diet of “only fruit”,[39] although it was subsequently reported that Krok’s diet consisted of “just fruit”,[40] with dietary practices of fruitarians as varied as definitions of the term “fruitarianism”. Diet author Joe Alexander lived for 56 days on juicy fruits.[41]

 

It is unclear as to what Morris Krok ate and whether he was raw vegan or fruitarian for very long.  Many people like Joe Alexander have done experiments with just eating juicy fruits for similar periods of time.

This section is missing many well known adherents within the movement such as Anne Osborne. Others that could be said to be in the ball park of fruitarian could be Michael Arnstein, Ted Carr, Dr Doug Graham, Kristina Carillo Bucaram, Freelea The Banana Girl and others not mentioned here despite being much better known to the Fruitarian community worldwide.

 

Historical figures

 

This list is absolutely ridiculous.

 

 

Seriously, this is the first historical figure mentioned?  Violent, blood thirsty dictator Idi Amin!

 

  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, sustained a fruitarian diet for 5 years.[43] He apparently discontinued the diet and went back to vegetarianismdue to pleurisy, a pre-existing condition, after pressure from Dr. Jivraj Mehta.[44][45]
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Gandhi had read the works of Herbert Shelton and experimented with fasting also.  Doctors often advocate against certain diets despite the fact that they often have no qualification or education in nutrition.

 

 

I know very little about this man and have NEVER heard him mentioned in any books on Fruitarianism or by anyone in the fruitarian movement.  This seems to be a very obscure reference and almost seems like the author of the article wants to connect the fruitarian diet with crazy people.

 

  • Steve Jobs, who named his company “Apple” because he was experimenting with a fruitarian diet.[48]

 

Probably one of the best known. Did not follow a fruitarian diet long term but was a long term vegan. In his last days doctors tried to convince him to consume meat despite the fact that this practise has no scientific connection with helping to fight cancer.

 

Other historical figures missed out could be Adam and Eve (more allegorical but worth mentioning).  Some claim Pythagoras was a raw vegan and some also say St Francis Of Assisi was also raw vegan.

What we can find is evidence suggesting that our ancestors were fruitarian due to studies on the teeth of discovered fossils and skeletons.

 

Conclusion

 

This article clearly needs to be changed.  The sources are weak and it is written in such a way as to show the fruitarian diet in a bad light.  Well known adherents of the diet are missed out completely along with scientific information pointing to positive aspects of the fruitarian diet.

Are you willing to help change this article?  Feel free to contact us with your suggestions: info@fruitfest.co.uk

 

 

 

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Is It Possible To Eat Too Much Fruit?

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Is It Possible To Eat Too Much Fruit?

A new article on Time.com asks the question:

You can view it here:

http://time.com/5301984/can-you-eat-too-much-fruit/

The article starts worryingly with a reference to Steve Jobs and Ashton Kutcher:

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was, briefly and famously, an ardent fruitarian—meaning he ate a diet composed primarily of fruit, which he believed would cleanse his body of harmful fluids. Just as famously, the actor Ashton Kutcher tried adopting Jobs’s fruit-centric diet, until he ended up in the hospital with an out-of-whack pancreas.”

What is so interesting about Ashton Kutcher’s problem with a fruit based diet is that his wife, Demi Moore, had previously consulted with Dr Doug Graham.   She had adopted a fruit based diet during the training for one of her films.  It seems unusual that he would not have got some more help or advice from someone in the fruitarian community.  But anyway…

The article goes on to look into a little bit of information regarding the evolution of human beings and mention the Walker study on looking at erosion on teeth.  This study indicated that our ancestors were primarily fruit eaters.

Then the article goes on to interview Dr Robert Lustig.

I came across a lecture by Lustig years ago on the perils of sugar.  At that time, I had given up refined sugar and I enjoyed the lecture and would send the video to others.  Now I have realised he promotes the low carb diet.  A diet worse than a diet heavy in sugar.

He says:

“There are some people out there who are fruitarians, and from what we can tell they’re perfectly healthy,”

Interesting to hear him say that!

The article talks a little bit about why fruit is not bad for us despite the sugar content.  It states that despite the sugar content fruit is healthy and can be consumed really without restriction.

This is good to hear and good information.  Though I would rather hear it pointed out that fat, especially saturated fat, is much much worse than sugar.

Then the article goes on to mention some downsides:

“Heavy fruit consumption may come with some downsides. “An excess of whole fruit can give you diarrhoea,” says Dr. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington. The expense of whole fruit is also not inconsiderable. “People who want affordable fresh fruit are pretty much limited to bananas, oranges, apples, bananas, melon, pineapple,” he adds. Eating lots of berries would cost you a lot more, especially if you prefer organic.”

As any fruitarian will tell you, fruit does not cause diarrhoea.  In fact it leads to improved and perfect digestion.  Of course when people eat fruit for the first time after years of stuffing their system with junk the combination may lead to some upset in their digestion.  But is it the fault of the fruit?  Of course not!

As for the expense, this is an unusual thing to bring up.  Why is the expense relevant when we are talking about whether too much fruit is healthy or not?

Then Lustig points out one danger fruit:

“There’s only one fruit he says may be worth watching out for: grapes. “Grapes are outliers in terms of their sugar-to-fiber ratio,” he says. “They’re basically little bags of sugar.” While he doesn’t recommend avoiding grapes entirely, they’re not the best fruit to overeat.”

Should we really be worried about grapes?  No.  Grapes like all fruit can be consumed as much and as often as you like.  There is no evidence to suggest people are coming to harm because of the sugar to fibre ratio of grapes.

In this video, Dr Michael Greger goes through the current science on eating large quantities of fruit.  The research suggests that there is virtually no limit to how much fruit a person can eat and the positive effects it has:

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: Lecture and Seminar With Dr Doug Graham and the Dublin Vegan group

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Review: Lecture and Seminar With Dr Doug Graham and the Dublin Vegan group

Last year, we had a number of attendees from Ireland at UK Fruitfest.  Greg Xavier was not only at Fruitfest but also ended up at Woodstock Fruit Festival.

A while later he mentioned that he had given a talk to the Dublin Vegan Group that he helped to run.  They were often having as many as 100 people turn up at their talks.

We arranged to put on something special in collaboration.

I spoke to Dr Doug Graham about it and almost miraculously he had a gap in his schedule for that weekend.  A few days later he was heading to Chicago to work for 3 weeks with a top NBA prospect.

Greg picked us up in Dublin and we headed to the lecture theatre. It was the Jonathan Swift lecture theatre at Trinity College Dublin.  This was a prestigious venue indeed.  Founded in 1592, Trinity College is not only the oldest surviving college in Ireland is also seen as the most prestigious.  It is seen as one of the 7 ancient universities of Britain and Ireland and one of the most elite institutions in Europe.

As you can see in the picture it was a room designed perfectly for a lecture and no microphones where necessary.

In advance, Doug told me he was going to do his “psychic act”.

I won’t tell you exactly what that turned out to be, in case you see him do it in the future, but it was an interesting way to put a presentation together.

He spoke for over an hour and the audience was wrapped in attention.  He was running and jumping around all over the rooms, taking questions left, right and centre and taking people out of the audience for demonstrations.

At the end, as we were leaving the attendees were hungry for more information and kept asking questions.

Many were excited for the seminar the next day and some were looking forward to the fruit festival.

That night, we got back to the flat and Doug started answering emails.  I went out to try to find some fruit and eventually had to take 2 taxis to a 24 hour Spar.  The fruit I found wasn’t great but we hadn’t eaten anything since 12pm.

As I walked around that night I felt inspired and elated.  It felt really great to have shared this message with so many people and made me feel like I was living in line with my purpose.  Dublin is a spectacular city.  We were right by the river where brand new state of the art buildings stand tall beside the river’s edge.

The seminar the next day….

….was mostly Doug teaching, but I had to work on Fruit festival stuff so I did not have too much time to participate.  Doug did a brilliant food demo that really wowed the audience.

Later that night, we were hosted by the owner of Cornucopia, Ireland’s oldest vegan restaurant.  The manager, Deirdra, was an incredible person.  Very funny and young at heart.  She was full of enthusiasm about what she was doing and that was infectious.

She told us her story of leaving Dublin as a student radical to go and live in Boston where she eventually ended up working at the Hippocrates health institute with Anne Wigmore.

 

She had eventually come back to Ireland to start this new restaurant with her partner who unfortunately died of cancer.  She has since built it into a very successful restaurant which was absolutely packed and had a queue out of the door the whole time we were there.

We left early the next morning and were sorry to leave.  The trip had been a success in my eyes and made me yearn for more travel and adventure sharing the message of fruit and health.

Who knows where we will end up next.

Stay fruity,

Ronnie

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Fruit: The Most Misunderstood Food

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Fruit: The Most Misunderstood Food

by Dr Doug Graham

From the earliest of written history, fruit has played a key role in human health. It was the main food consumed in the proverbial Garden of Eden for an untold number of years. During the Golden Age of Man some 2500 years ago, fruit was the predominant food. This period of time in ancient Greece fostered the development of a hugely disproportional number of history’s greatest thinkers, philosophers, artists, and athletes.

Fruit has always been recognized as health food, and still firmly holds that esteemed position. The old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has been replaced by “Eat fruit every day, the five-a-day way,” indicating that the benefits of eating fruit are being more fully recognized. Our government, the health industry, the AMA, nutritionists, dietitians, and every disease-control organization that offers nutritional advice suggest that we eat more fruit.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, there are people who literally shun fruit and others who are actually afraid of eating fruit. A few leaders in the raw food movement actually have suggested that we should learn to live without eating fruit at all. Obviously, someone is mistaken. Let’s see if we can discover where the error rests.

“The last thing I ate was fruit”

In the mainstream world, it is not uncommon for people to say to me that they cannot eat fruit because it upsets their stomach. When I ask how they determined this, they tell me it was easy: I tried that fruit in the morning thing, and right away I got an upset stomach.

I try explaining that it is very likely that the food they ate the night before is still in their stomach, and that pouring orange juice or other fruit on top of this food is likely to result in a fermenting mess, a “combo-abombo”. I suggest waiting until the stomach is truly empty before adding in fresh fruit for better results. Still, since fruit was the last thing consumed before the indigestion ensued, fruit very often takes the blame.

Similarly, in the raw food movement, fruit takes the blame for problems it did not cause. Based on calculations from personal and professional observations, the average raw fooder consumes 65% or more of his or her calories from fat.

The fat is mainly derived from eating meals calorically dominated by oils, avocados, nuts, seeds, nut and seed butters, coconuts, and olives. This is over half again more than the national average of 42%. On a diet that is so predominated by fat, blood levels of this nutrient tend to run extremely high. High blood fat results in high blood sugar, as sugars cannot exit the blood well when blood-fat levels are elevated. Under this scenario, the pancreas and the adrenal glands are forced to work harder to lower blood sugar levels down towards normal.

This causes the organs and glands to eventually become fatigued and eventually fail. This will lead to great swings in blood sugar levels known as hyper and hypoglycemia and, eventually, diabetes and chronic fatigue. The hypoglycemia develops as a result of excessive insulin production. The thyroid gland soon follows suit, for it is stimulated by the adrenals and will often become hypo-functional as the adrenal glands weaken. Other hormonal issues, cancer, heart disease, and most digestive disorders are also known to be caused by the over consumption of fat.

So how does fruit take the blame Many of the above-mentioned symptoms and conditions do not become apparent unless fruit is consumed. Unstable blood sugar levels are often seen immediately following the consumption of even small quantities of fruit when the consumer is on a high-fat diet.

However, almost every condition for which fruit is named the culprit is actually caused by the high-fat diet. While raw food movement leaders continue to blame fruit for a wide assortment of health problems, I must agree with them that these effects will occur as long as the consumer is on a high-fat diet.

Avoiding fruit is not the answer as it is not the guilty party. In fact, it is insufficient fruit consumption that leads raw fooders to consume higher-than-healthy levels of fat. The simple sugars in fruit, namely glucose and fructose, are essential. They are the precise fuel used by all of our body’s cells.

“I get so hungry when I eat only fruit.”

One of the most common complaints related to fruit is the idea that fruit’s satiating power is not lasting. “I tried that fruit in the morning thing and about an hour later I was starving,” is about the way the story usually goes. At first glance, this may look like a valid indictment of fruit’s inadequacy as a meal, but the situation deserves a bit more investigation. When I ask the nature of the fruit meal, I am usually told, “I had an orange, or a slice of melon, a banana, or some grapes.”

For most people, a typical breakfast usually contains close to 750 calories. A medium sized piece of fruit averages about 75 calories. When we eat a breakfast of just a piece of fruit or two, we are eating only 10-20% of the calories that we previously did, thus we feel empty and low on energy. Even if the goal is weight loss, this is too extreme a reduction to be satiating, maintainable, or nutritionally adequate.

When explaining that fruit has a lower caloric density than all other foods except for vegetables and therefore, fruit must be eaten in greater volume if one endeavors to consume sufficient calories, there is sometimes a glimmer of comprehension before the curtain of dismissal falls again. “Yeah, but how much fruit can I eat at one sitting? You’re telling me to eat more than one slice of a melon or two bananas?” “Yes,” I say.

We can train ourselves to comfortably eat satisfying fruit meals, allowing ourselves to actually eat fruit until completely satiated. This could mean that you eat an entire melon for breakfast, or six, twelve, or even a greater number of bananas for lunch. There are three main factors involved in feeling satiated, and here is how fruit figures into each:

It is very likely that as a child you heard your mom say, “Don’t eat sweets before your meal, it will spoil your appetite.” In effect, she was explaining that fruits are a satiating food, although she may have been speaking of candy or other less acceptable foods at the time.

Even a small rise in blood sugar to the above-normal range results in a satiated feeling. Fruit certainly supplies the necessary sugars for such a rise, and hence, is very satiating. This is why many people are initially satisfied to eat just a small amount of fruit.

Another reason why fruit eating results in satiation is its high content of essential nutrients. The nutritional composition of fruit comes closer to mimicking the full spectrum of human nutrient needs than that of any other food group. Also, the nutrients in fruit are the most easily accessed and absorbed, because fruit requires less digestion than do other foods.

Many of the nutrients in fruit require no digestion at all; they are readily absorbed. These include, but are not limited to: water, sugar, minerals, vitamins, and many phytonutrients. Although not digestible, the fiber in fruit is soft and soluble and thus gentle on the delicate membranes of the digestive tract while affording relatively easy access to the nutrients it encapsulates. These factors combine to make fruit the most satiating of foods.

Last but not least, our level of satiation is directly related to the volume of food we consume. As such, in order to feel satiated, we must ingest a significant volume of food. All of our essential nutrients can be concentrated into a tablet or cube and consumed in just a few bites.

While some experts may consider such a concentrated meal to be nutritionally complete, research has repeatedly shown that people are not satisfactorily satiated because of the meager volume. Exactly because of its low caloric density, fruit perfectly supplies satiating volumes of food per meal.

In fact, for many people who have become accustomed to the commonly consumed low-volume, fat-rich meals, deriving satisfaction from a meal of all fruit at first typically poses a seemingly insurmountable volume challenge. “My stomach can’t hold all of that!” people believe.

Yet, if they take the challenge and stick with it for a few days, they will learn they can eat sufficient quantities, and they will feel satisfied and reap the benefits of improved health.

Fruit makes the ideal meal

It takes a bit of practice to learn how much fruit is sufficient for a meal which will satiate for several hours until the next meal. It is equally true that a mental adjustment is required in order to expand one’s understanding of how much fruit is actually appropriate at a meal. With sufficient experience, one’s ability to consume extremely satisfying fruit meals will grow to become one of life’s great pleasures. After all, fruit is health food. Anyone interested in attaining, maintaining, and gaining increased health should consider consuming fruit as their predominant food.

If you would like to learn more from Dr Doug Graham you can visit foodnsport.com

He will also be appearing at the UK Fruitfest from the 25th to the 29th of July at Croft Farm Waterpark, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.  Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing.

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How Much Protein Should You Eat On A Raw Vegan Diet? (Dr Doug Graham)

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In this video Dr Doug Graham talks about how much protein we require on a raw vegan diet.

This video was taken at UK Fruitfest 2015 in Lodge Hill, Pulborough, West Sussex.  We hope you enjoy it!

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