A fruitarian diet comprises of fruits, nuts and seeds, while excluding animal products, vegetables and grains from its purview. A person following a fruitarian diet is called a fruitarian and the practice of following this diet is known as fruitarianism. Herein, people are adapted to a lifestyle and nutrition system that consists of eating only raw and dried fruit, nuts and seeds. A fruitarian diet comes along with various nutritional and health benefits, such as enhancing your mental abilities and making you beautiful and pure inside and out. However, it has a few disadvantages as well. There are seven basic fruits groups that fruitarians choose from, each of which has been detailed below. Read on further to know more about a fruitarian diet, its benefits as well as the drawbacks.
Fruit Types (Groups)
- The first group contains all acid fruits, like pineapples, strawberries, kiwis, pomegranates, cranberries and sour apples.
- The second group contains sub-acid fruits, such as sweet apples, sweet cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pears, cheri-moyas, papayas, figs, apricots and mangoes.
- Sweet fruits, like bananas, grapes, melons and persimmons, form the third group of fruits.
- The fourth group consists of nuts, such as pecans, almonds, Brazil, cashews, walnuts, macadamias, pistachios, pine nuts, hazelnuts, beechnuts and hickory.
- Seeds such as sunflower, sesame, squash, and pumpkin make up the fifth fruit group.
- The sixth group comprises of dry fruits, which include dates, figs, apricots, apples, raisins, cherries, prunes, bananas and cranberries.
- The last and seventh group includes oily fruits, like avocados, coconuts and olives.
Pros & Cons Of A Fruitarian Diet
- A fruitarian diet is known to bring great benefits to physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It helps in short-term cleansing and losing weight.
- Focusing on raw food on a daily basis is known to prevent or reverse many common diseases and illnesses, as cooking fresh and living foods destroy the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutrients present in them.
- Fruitarians claim that this diet reduces the effects of aging, promotes physical, intellectual and emotional vitality, and leads to overall excellent health and stability.
- It detoxifies toxins from the body and purifies brain, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, endocrine system and digestive system.
- It induces more creativity, energy, happiness, rejuvenation and mental clarity in a person.
- The diet cures and improves bad health symptoms, like constipation, insomnia, depressive cycles, stress and hunger.
- Fruitarian diet revitalizes the sexual organs and increases the sensual feelings as well as fertility.
- It helps in getting clearer skin, brighter eyes, stronger and beautiful nails, better body smell, improved senses and general sensation of well-being.
- The diet improves muscular coordination, balance of the body, capacity to work and professional skills.
- Since a fruitarian diet is extremely restrictive, it makes the nutritional adequacy impossible to a large extent.
- A fruitarian diet is known to cause deficiencies in calcium, protein, iron, zinc, vitamin D, most vitamins B (especially B12) and essential fatty acids.
- A diet comprising of only fruits can also lead to hunger, cravings, food obsessions, social disruptions and social isolation.
- Various nutritional problems can occur in children, such as severe protein energy malnutrition, anemia and a wide range of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Lack of proteins can make it difficult to sustain the lifestyle, hence resulting in hypoproteinemia or kwashiorkor.