RESPONSE to article “Eating Only Fruit Might Be Trendy, But It’s A Really Bad Idea”

RESPONSE to article “Eating Only Fruit Might Be Trendy, But It’s A Really Bad Idea”

 

A recent article posted on refinery29.com has put together 3 major reasons as to why a Fruitarian diet is a bad idea.  You can read the whole article here:

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/frutitarian-fruit-only-diet-dangers

Let’s have a look through the article to confront the issues it raises and see if we can offer any helpful commentary on this.

The first problem with the fruitarian diet is:

 

Reason 1: “You need other nutrients”

 

This section, though recognising the many benefits of fruit, makes the claim that “fruit can’t provide all of the vital nutrients your body needs to function.”

This is true.  But this is true of all foods and all variations of diet.  The reason for this is that there are nutrients that we require that are not provided by food.  Vitamin D comes from sunlight on our skin and vitamin B12 is created by bacteria.  Other essential nutrients are created by our body once we have consumed the building blocks from food.

Therefore it is truthful to say that fruit doesn’t provide all of our required nutrients….but this is not giving the whole story.  The author then goes on to say:

“For example, you need foods with protein to transport, build, and repair tissue, and fat to protect your organs and help your brain do its job.”

This comment implies that fruit does not contain protein.  Although this is technically true, protein is not a required nutrient either as the body synthesises protein from amino acids.  All whole foods, including fruit contain amino acids.  The real question is whether there is enough amino acids in fruits to fuel our repair and growth?

Fruit contains roughly the same proportion of protein as does mother’s milk.  Mother’s milk is the food we consume when we do the most growth in our life, doubling our body size in a short space of time.  If nature has provided us with adequate protein in milk, then the amount of protein in fruit should also be adequate.

This is hard to disprove as cases of protein deficiency have never been found.  Conditions which are confused with protein deficiency such as kwashiorkor only occur in situations in which there is inadequate total calorie intake.  In other words, the person is actually consuming their own protein (and turning it into calories) due to a lack of food rather than because of a lack of protein.

No study has proven that a fruitarian diet is inadequate for protein in humans.  Our best way to evaluate this would be to look at other similar animals that consume a fruitarian style diet.  What we find is that these animals do not suffer from protein deficiencies despite their diet’s being almost entirely made up of fruit.

 

Reason 2: It’s restrictive.

 

In this section the author talks about the issue of restrictive eating.  Restricting what we eat is difficult to do long term and can lead to harming our relationship with food.

Although there could be some truth to these things the consequences of not restricting our diet in some ways are very severe.  We now know that people are much more at risk from eating to excess than eating restrictively.  The number of people suffering from problems related to unrestricted eating is far greater than those suffering from restrictive eating disorders.

Therefore, it makes sense that we should to some degree restrict our diets.  The alternative is to eat the standard diet that we know for sure contributes to the major diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Though a fruitarian diet is difficult, it is made more difficult by the fact that we condition people to eat a poor diet from birth.  If people were brought up in a different environment with a different diet, then no one would have an issue sticking to that diet as it would be second nature to them.

The issue to stick to is whether a fruitarian style diet is healthier.  Though there is little research on people trying fruitarian diets in the long term this is something that will hopefully be studied more in the future.  For now we can look once again to animals that share our biology, who all seem to thrive on a fruit based diet.

Also, is eating fruit truly restrictive?

How many varieties of food does the average person consume per week?  Grains and grain based products, types of meat, dairy based products…it’s not a huge variety?  A fruit lover can eat hundreds of completely different types of fruit each year. As the seasons change, entirely new fruits appear for us to enjoy.

 

Reason 3: It could be pretty bad for you.

 

In order to back up this claim, the author has relied on an anecdotal story of Ashton Kutcher’s attempt at eating an all fruit diet to prepare for his role as Steve Jobs:

“he attempted to eat Jobs’ infamous all-fruit diet to get into character, and ended up in the hospital due to low pancreas levels.”

There is no explanation here as to what “low pancreas levels” means.  When someone goes to hospital, is it usual for doctors to test for “pancreas levels”?  Perhaps they are referring to insulin levels but we do not really know.

This is a pretty poor source to quote from.  Once again, there are no studies showing a connection between fruit and an impairment to the function of the pancreas.  There are none showing a connection between fruit and pancreatic cancer (which Steve Jobs died from).

What is also unusual is that Kutcher’s former partner, Demi Moore, has been famously said to be essentially a raw vegan:

https://www.celebrityhealthfitness.com/27289/demi-moore-wows-at-51-anti-aging-fitness-secrets-are-raw-vegan-diet-and-yoga-workouts/

She is known to have worked with Dr Doug Graham, author of the 80/10/10 Diet and one of the main people responsible for the rise in popularity of a fruit based diet.  It is unusual that he would not have turned to her for some advice on how to try this diet out.

“Additionally, for people with diabetes who can’t create or utilize insulin, an all-fruit diet could be harmful, according to the Cleveland Clinic.”

Any diet is harmful for a diabetic if they are not taking insulin.  Therefore once again, this statement is a half truth.  But is a fruit diet going to be more harmful for a diabetic. 

What has often been found, though not yet fully studied, is that people on a fruit based diet actually require less insulin if they are diabetic.  A great example of this is Robby Barbaro from “Mastering Diabetes”.  Robby has been on a fruitarian style diet for over 10 years and has had no problems with controlling his diabetes on this lifestyle.

 

Conclusion

 

“So, if you’re still intrigued by what an all-fruit diet entails, ask your doctor — chances are they’ll tell you to stick to “an apple a day,” and a variety of other foods as well.”

Of course this is really what everyone wants to hear.  Just keep eating whatever you are eating…move along, nothing to see here.

Doctor’s are not qualified to give nutrition or dietary advice.  The diet advice out there in the world of healthcare is pretty poor and often not in line with the latest science on nutrition.

Much of it has been influenced over many years by the agenda and lobbying power of various food industries.  This information has led to mass confusion in the public consciousness about diet.

We would encourage you to give a fruit based diet a try.  Don’t jump in over night but set it as your destination and start to move towards it by making gradual changes.  Many people start with fruit for breakfast, then they continue from there.

You may be amazed by the health improvements it brings as well as the change to your body, mind and spirit.  If you want to learn more about this kind of lifestyle consider coming to UK Fruitfest taking place from the 21st to the 28th of July, 2019.

 

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Fruit and veg could become unaffordable for many people after no-deal Brexit

Fruit and veg could become unaffordable for many people after no-deal Brexit

 

Could this be bad news for fruit and veg lovers in the UK?  Research suggests that a “no deal Brexit” could lead to higher costs of fruit and vegetables.  THis is according to an article released on Metro.co.uk which you can view HERE.

The article states:

Currently, the UK imports around 90% of the fruits and vegetables it consumes and almost half of all meat. If these levels were to decrease, it could lead to the deaths of up to 5,600 people per year by 2027 and cost the NHS an additional £600 million per year, the study suggests.

Most of these additional deaths would be due to cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke, all of which can be linked to a reduced consumption of fruits, vegetables and nuts. If we do not have a deal on trade by March 29, the day we officially leave the EU, then imports are expected to be more expensive, which could cause changes to the diet of millions of people.

The study, conducted by Dr Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin School, wrote in The Conversation: ‘Brexit is expected to increase trade costs and make food imports more expensive, something that could lead to changes in diets and dietary risk factors that influence health. ‘Foods that are critical for good health would be especially affected.’

‘Given the UK’s import dependence, in particular for fruit and vegetables, any Brexit-related increase in trade costs will make it harder to get hold of foods that are critical components of healthy diets and chronic-disease prevention.

‘Whatever form Brexit might take, our analysis suggests that it will significantly impact the British food system and negatively affect the health and welfare of British citizens.’ The figures were worked out by comparing the forecasts for changes in the food chain with how disease risk is affected by dietary change.

This is not good news for fruit and veg lovers in the UK, many of who already believe prices for fruit and veg are expensive enough as it is.

It particularly interesting to note how connected the consumption of fruits and vegetables are to disease and health care spending.  Would it not make sense to try to subsidise these foods for the population?

What are you thoughts?  Is this just more scaremongering or are we in for a tough time after Brexit?  Feel free to share the post and leave your comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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Tesco to scrap ‘best before’ dates from fruit and vegetable lines

In the Guardian today it has been reported that Tesco is going to scrap best before dates from fruits and vegetable lines.  This is being put in plance in an effort to reduce food waste.

Have you ever looked at the best before date on a fruit and thought “No chance….this is rock hard, it’s never going to go off in 3 days!”  It seems like sometimes these dates are picked arbitrarily without any real knowledge of the ripening cycle of the fruit involved.  Persimmon, for example, can take over a month to ripen in full…..yet supermarkets will suggest you eat them while still hard. 

Probably, like me, you have learned to ignore these dates and go with your sense of taste, smell and feel to assess the ripeness or readiness of a fruit.  The other thing that is confusing is the “ready to eat” or “perfectly ripe” signs that never see, to be accurate either.

The article states, published in the Guardian, states:

The UK’s largest supermarket is to scrap potentially confusing “best before” dates from dozens more of its fresh fruit and vegetable lines after research found ditching the labels helped customers reduce their food waste at home.

Tesco shoppers will from this week no longer find date labels on a further 116 items of produce – including own-brand apples, oranges, cabbages and asparagus. Tesco hopes this will prevent food from being thrown away while still edible. The supermarket removed guidance dates from about 70 fruit and vegetable lines earlier this year.

Research carried out for the retailer, published on Monday, found that 69% of shoppers believed scrapping “best before” dates was a good idea. More than half (53%) of shoppers in the same survey said they thought scrapping best before dates made a difference, helping them keep perfectly good food for longer.”

Essentially, as human beings are designed to consume fruit we are also perfectly capable of assessing the quality, ripeness, readiness or rottenness of the fruit.  We know when it has gone off and don’t eat it.  We also know when it is delicious and edible.  Our senses are designed for this purpose.

However, this is not so with other foods:

“Compulsory “use by” labels have to be put on foods such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products that carry a safety risk if eaten after that date. But the best before dates put on fruit and vegetables are largely a quality indication to show that although they may no longer be at their best, they are still safe to eat.”

What this is telling us is that some foods (meat, eggs, fish, dairy) pose a much greater threat to our health than others.  Of course, for other animals that are designed to consume these foods, the signs that the meat, dairy, fish or eggs where not suitable to eat would be quite obvious to them.

In their natural state, those foods are a turn off to our senses.  The idea of eat a dead animal, or eating a raw egg or drink milk from the udder of a cow is a revolting concept.  That is our sensory safeguard in place stopping us from making a bad decision.

As for fruit, we are drawn towards its colour, it’s shape, it’s beauty as we have been for millions of years.  We are well aware when it is good or not to eat.

The article ends with a profoun point on food waste:

“Food waste is a huge issue in the UK: £13bn of edible food is thrown away from homes every year, according to the government’s waste advisory body, Wrap. A further £3bn is wasted by the hospitality and food service sector.”

 

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Anne Osborne on The Importance Of Foraging

This clip comes from a talk given by Anne Osborne on foraging.  Anne has been a fruitarian for over 25 years and started off on this lifestyle living in the UK.

She has now moved to Australia and has raised two children on a fruit diet.  She works for the Woodstock Fruit Festival helping with many different aspects of that event.

Her book “Fruitarianism: A Path To Paradise” is a classic which has went out of print.  It can be found on Amazon for a very high price right now.

You can learn more from Anne at this years UK Fruitfest at which she will be teaching more about thriving on this lifestyle.

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Most Controversial Raw Food Debate Of All Time

Most Controversial Raw Food Debate Of All Time

This video was filmed at a Raw Food Culinary Showcase which took place in Jamaica around about the year 2000. It shows very clearly the different ideas that have been promoted in the raw food world over the last few decades.  Some of the opinions given are quite clearly anti-fruit.  Also, very small amounts of fruit are recommended in some of the comments.

You can watch this yourself and make up your own mind as to who you think is most believable. I have only ever attended Fruit festivals and have almost never seen this anti- fruit message being promoted. However, I know that this was once a big part of the raw food movement.

The truth is, if you give up on fruit you are going to struggle to maintain a raw diet.  There is simply no better staple for a raw diet (or for that matter any person’s diet) than to eat sweet fruit.

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Women Who Eat Very Little Fruit Find It Harder To Get Pregnant

Women Who Eat Very Little Fruit Find It Harder To Get Pregnant

A new article has just been published on CNN:

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/04/health/pregnancy-fruits-fast-food-study/index.html

It references a study from the journal of Human Reproduction and states:

“Those who ate fruit less than three times a month took half a month longer to become pregnant than those who ate fruit three or more times a day in the month before conception. Similarly, women who consumed fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer than the women who ate several portions of fruit a day.”

It goes on to say:

“When the researchers looked at the effects of diet on infertility, they found that in women with the lowest intake of fruit, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 12%, and in those who ate fast food four or more times a week, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 16%.”
However, they did not study the impact of the father’s diet:
“An admitted weakness of the study, the researchers noted, was that they did not collect dietary information from the fathers.
“A recent review on male diet and fertility markers indicated that higher intake of fruits and vegetables was associated with increased sperm motility whereas a higher intake of fat-rich foods and sweets may decrease semen quality,” Grieger and her co-authors wrote.”
So there you have it.  More reasons to eat more fruit!
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Fruit: The Most Misunderstood Food

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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Healing From Eating Disorders On A Raw Vegan Diet

Healing From Eating Disorders On A Raw Vegan Diet

This video is an interview from a few years ago with Professor Rosalind Graham.  It is about the subject of eating disorders and in particular how she believes people can heal from eating disorders with a raw vegan diet.

Rosalind will be speaking at the UK Fruitfest this year and often gets the best feedback of any of the presenters.  People simply love to here her speak.

Here is a little bit about Rosalind:

For nearly 30 years Rosalind Graham has been a leading light in the field of healthful and compassionate living, inspiring thousands of people throughout the world. Her depth of knowledge and understanding in the areas of raw vegan health, Natural Hygiene and emotional well-being have earned her international acclaim.  

As someone who has been eating an exclusively raw vegan diet and practising the Natural Hygiene lifestyle for more than half her life, Rosalind has a wealth of personal experience. In recognition of her work within the Natural Hygiene movement, Rosalind has been invited to become the vice president of Healthful Living International.

Rosalind was previously engaged as a lecturer of nutrition, health science and fitness concepts at Middlesex University London where she taught students of dance how to maximise their health and performance. This work led to her in-depth studies and research into all type of disordered eating. For decades she has worked helping sufferers from all manner of eating difficulties regain their physical and psychological health: as she has also studied psychology and undergone training in counselling skills.  

Rosalind’s many other prestigious appointments have included being employed by the Royal Navy as a consultant and lecturer in fitness, health and nutrition and also as Course Director of Nutrition Studies for The College of Naturopathic and Complementary Medicine in London.   

Passionate about teaching, Rosalind presentaion skills and dedication to quality teaching culminated in  her working for three years as verifier for the Royal Society of Arts.

Rosalind founded and directed her own business ‘Health Unlimited’ and has lectured wordwide on the science and art of health creation and compassionate living. She has worked as a consultant in fitness, health and nutrition in the private, public and corporate sectors. Recently, Rosalind has also been doing voluntary work helping teenage girls regain their mental health after being victims of social media abuse.  

Rosalind’s knowledge and professional experience within the fitness industry are extensive.  For 10 years, she held the position of senior course director for fitness professional teacher training for London Central YMCA in the disciplines of: exercise to music, ante and postnatal exercise, aqua exercise and access courses for healthcare professionals and she specialises in exercise for older adults..  For nearly a decade, she was also an assessor for the RSA fitness qualifications and was a mentor of staff development for the Exercise Training and Development Department. In addition to this, Rosalind held the position of National Senior Director of Post Graduate Training for Fitness Professionals in the UK.

For several years, Rosalind ran weekly rehabilitation classes for young stroke survivors.

Rosalind has written extensively and was commissioned to write a book on fitness and health for older adults buy the Daily Telegraph. She was also author and consultant for the Readers Digest on the topics of nutrition and health. In addition, she has written for many publications including ‘Exercise’, Pro-Link, The Hygienist, Top Sante, Retirement Today, The Journal of the European Vegetarian Union and many others.  Rosalind was also a regular columnist for The Fresh Network magazine, Living Nutrition magazine and Healthful Living International’s E-news. She has also written and had published her own inspiring children’s book ‘Mable and the Label’.

Rosalind’s presentation experience is far too extensive to site here but includes being interviewed on International Television News in the UK and numerous appearances on television in the USA.  For many months, Rosalind had a regular health slot on Southern Counties Radio UK and gave two appearances on the Radio 1 Roadshow, the second of which being to a live audience of 75,000. She has been interviewed on a vast number of occasions in various states throughout the USA and extensively throughout Europe.

For many years, Rosalind was, on many occasions, the keynote speaker for the North American Vegetarian Society annual Summerfest at Johnstown University in Pittsburg Pennsylvania presenting a vast variety of topics to over 1000 delegates.  She has also presented at Georgetown University Washington D.C. Loyola College Baltimore, Evergreen State College, Seattle Washington, the University of North Carolina and Doubletree in Fort Lauderdale. She was also the guest and keynote speaker on numerous different topics related to nutrition, fitness and health at the World Vegetarian Congress held in the USA and, on two separate occasions, the European Vegetarian Congress in Busselengo Italy and Widnau Switzerland. Rosalind has also presented for the British Natural Hygiene Society at Regents College and at the Royal Holloway University London.

For nearly a decade, Rosalind was on continual international lecture tour including presentations in Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica, the USA and extensively throughout Europe. The extent of Rosalind’s knowledge and experience in the field of health creation enable her to take a truly comprehensive approach to her teaching.

Since the birth of her beautiful raw vegan daugher, 13 years ago, Rosalind has become passionate about compassionate parenting; believing that future world peace depends upon how we parent our children today.

Others have said of Rosalind:

“Rosalind is a dynamic speaker who captivates her audience and leads them on an exciting and powerful journey into the realms of  Nutritional Science. Rosalind keeps her audience spellbound through her use of analogy and story-telling as she illustrates complex scientific information about the functions of the body. Rosalind is warm, witty, charming, intelligent and a perfect representative of health and well-being.  She makes science sexy!”

Cherie Soria, Founder and Director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and author of “Angel Foods; Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies

Each person seems to feel as if you are having a personal, and very valuable, conversation with him/her, and you answer every question with a wonderful combination of kindness, respect, and technical accuracy and completeness. Your presentations provide great value to anyone seeking to understand health, not only in terms of nutrition and exercise but also in terms of the relationship between emotions and well being.”

Larry LeVine Founder, South Bay Living Food Community Founder and former President, Institute for Vibrant Living

“Rosalind is the perfect combination of heart and mind.  Her teaching opens people up to possibilities they had never even considered.  I think parts of us wake up when she lovingly teaches us that all of who we are is worth sharing.  I have been in her sessions as a participant and a co-leader and both were amazing experiences.”

Rae Sikora –  Founder and Director – Centre for Compassionate Living,

“Rosalind is dynamic, energetic and extremely knowledgeable.  She can take a complicated subject like exercise physiology and explain it so anyone can understand it.  I’ve seen her work with audiences and her charm and sense of humour plus her ability to speak to the individual no matter how large the audience, is delightful and inspirational to watch.  Rosalind is definitely a top notch speaker and educator.”

Roe Gallo – author ‘Perfect Body’ – California

Come And Learn From Rosalind At The UK Fruitfest This Year

Rosalind will be delivering a complete programme on health with her lectures at this years UK Fruitfest.  She is a speaker that is not to be missed and rarely gives talks in public now due to family commitments.

I have seen almost a whole roomful of people crying at the end of one of her talks, it was so powerful!

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A Rotting Durian Fruit Prompted a Gas Leak Scare and Evacuations on a Melbourne College Campus

A Rotting Durian Fruit Prompted a Gas Leak Scare and Evacuations on a Melbourne College Campus

A new story has just been released on Time.com:

“Fears of a gas leak caused around 500 students and staff to be evacuated from a university library in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday.

But instead of poisonous vapors, the 40 firefighters and specialists called to the scene found a rotting durian fruit stashed in a cupboard, according to the Herald Sun.

Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade had sent out an alert about a possible chemical hazard at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology after the smell of gas was reported at the campus library.

A fire brigade spokesperson told the Sun that the odorous Southeast Asian fruit set off alarms after it filtered through the air conditioning.”

Durians are unfairly categorised as smelling foul.  People say they smell of onions, old socks, B.O, vomit and other horrific smells.

Thought they had a very strong smell, I have never found it to be an offensive smell.

There is nothing better than cycling past a Durian stand in the sun and letting the smell hit you.  It’s a delight!

As for the taste, it is such a unique and incredible tasting fruit.  It really has no comparison.

To learn more about all things Durian, head over to my friend Lindsay’s site “Year Of The Durian”

You can find it here: yearofthedurian.com

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