What is Fruitarianism?



I was first introduced to the fruitarian lifestyle about 35 years ago when I met a boyhood friend whom I had not seen in 5 years or so. As we chatted, among other things, he told me he had become a fruitarian and explained what that meant.

I was living on cheeseburgers and fries at the time and had serious difficulty understanding the appeal.

Today, I can see what he was talking about but still have some questions.

The fruitarian diet consists of raw fruit and seeds only and this means avoiding all cooked food. Fruit contains vitamins and phytochemcials.

Fruits provide us with health-enhancing vitamins and phytochemcials as well as fiber.

Phytochemcials are non-nutritive plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties. There are more than thousand known phytochemcials.

The word raw is very important in this definition because it eliminates beans from the fruitarian diet. Beans are seeds but they must be cooked to eat.

My first concern when I was thinking about the fruitarian lifestyle was I have Type 2 diabetes and while I do eat some sugar, the amount is quite small. A diet that consists of only fruit seems to be one that would provide more sugar intake than I can safely handle.

If you have diabetes there is no reason to avoid fruit in your diet, in fact a bit each day is a wise plan. What is important is which fruits you eat and how often you consume them.

The Glycemic index (GI) will help you make these decisions. The GI is a measure of how fast carbohydrate foods (which include fruits) are converted in the body to blood glucose. 

If you look at the GI index you will see there are big differences between fruits. Choose fruits that rank low on the Glycemic index. Low rankings are those that score below 55, intermediate-GI foods score between 55 and 70 and high GI foods score above 70. 

In addition, to sugar intake, a major concern for me would be the lack of variety of acceptable food where I live. There are apples, organs and bananas in the stores, well not always bananas.There are mangoes and kiwis and papayas, grapes and raisins too. 

The frozen section does contain more variety but the items are often quite pricey. 

A secondary concern is I want to buy foods that are grown within 100 miles of where I live and when it comes to fruit, this is pretty much apples, pears, blueberries and strawberries; all delicious and healthy but I need more variety. 

The environmental consequences of shipping food long distances is a reality that cannot be lightly tossed aside and much of what we eat as fruit in Canada, for example, travels a very long way to get to our tables. 

A fruitarian diet would lead to weight loss of that I am certain but the adjustment phase as you move from a cooked meat diet to a fruit one may require you to remain near home for the first while to avoid any potential public emergencies as the body adjusted.

It may be a great way to cleanse the body several times a year though especially after the over consumption that often accompanies various holiday seasons. 

I have no plans to become a fruitarian but will continue to explore the possibilities.



One Fruitarian

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Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

Very informative hub! I guess at some level I knew that beans were seeds, but it was so obvious it escaped my attention. I'm very much leaning in the fruitarian direction and also didn't it had a label. Color me dumb today.

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

thanks, I am happy you found the hub useful.

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for stopping by Ray, I would find it very difficult.

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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Interesting hub. I have never heard of fruitarianism. I don't think I could live on raw fruit alone. I love fruit (as I sit here with my slice of watermelon) it just doesn't seem to fill me up as I expect a meal to do.

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Storytellersrus 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Bob this is berry fascinating. I would have to move to Hawaii where fresh fruit is abundant!

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Dottie, I love fruit as well and agree it is tasty but considering it a full meal that is something else.

Story, it is berry nice of you to visit.

HAROLD OKE 8 years ago

Hi Bob, Gardener Harold here, Fruitarianism leaves a lot of protein to be desired and you should lose weight on it, but be fairly healthy until someone wants you to do excessive physical labour. Lots of good info on this hub though.

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

This is something new to learn today. :) I love fruits but can't imagine eating only that for life. :)

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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

I learnt something new today. I guess I can try to be a fruitarian once a week.

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betherickson 8 years ago from Minnesota

I'm so confused a while ago. But now I'ts clear to me after I read your article. Thanks for for this great information.

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pylos26 8 years ago from America

hello bob...good hub...different...pylos26

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thank you all for visiting and for all the comments.

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RGraf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

Never heard of this. I seriously doubt I could do this, but maybe for a day or two.

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

It would be difficult, thanks for visiting.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Can I have some cheese to go with all that fruit? That's possibly the only way I'd be willing to try. That would be a hard way to function and costly too in the off seasons.

Great hub as always regards Zsuzsy

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

It would indeed be an expensive diet and sorry no cheese allowed.

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

wow bob, I'm am so nicely impressed that you strive to buy foods grown 100 miles within your home...that is a great goal. I should do so much for local farmers and markets. I agree, all fruit is pretty hard to do...and not all healthy. Moderation, seems best. Veggies, beans, and fruit, lean meat and fish, hard to beat it. =)) you always enlighten.

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denise mohan 8 years ago from California

Great & interesting info. I rather like the idea of cleansing the body doing fruit only. I gave natural childbirth 3 times I think fruitarianism would be good and natural 3 times a year. Blending with your homelife & making peace with your body. A little yoga, a little meditation, namistad...

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

ms, we are starting a local food buying club and compiling a directory to increase our buying abilities.

Denise, cleansing the body now and then makes great sense.

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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Very interesting Bob!

I could quite happily eat just fruit but i would not want to lose any weight but as long as i have at least 5 portions of fruit a day, as recommended by every doctor here in the UK thats enough for me!!

I heard that eating local honey that's acquired by local bees is much healthier for you!! I doubt this would apply to fruits!!

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Five fruits a day is wise and enough. I have heard the same about local honey and as to local fruit it may be better than fruit that has travelled hundreds or thosunads of miles.

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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

It was actually five peices of fruit and vegtables a day! :)

Gio 4 years ago


As a mid term fruitarian who has ready many books and literature available on the subject and experience the great advantage, superiority one might suggest, of our truly natural diet (easily demonstrable), I would like to take the liberty to suggest few points.

* Fruitarians do not eat seeds as seeds are not fruit (they are simply a part...like your hand is not your harm...that should not be intentionally eaten; if eaten with a fruit, seeds should not be chewed as they are toxic). Those who decide to eat seeds should call themselves frugivores.

* There are quite few successful and long-term fruitarians today. Further reading may include:

- www.30bananasaday.con

- www.rawfoodexplained.com

- "Food of Truth" by David J.Shelley

- "Fruitarianism: The Path to Paradise" by Anne Osborne

- "The 80/10/10 Diet" by Dr Douglas Graham.

- "Muculess Diet Healing System" by Prof. Arnold Ehret

- "Fruttalia" by Luca Speraza & Silvio Sciurba [Ita only at the moment]

* When you consider the water, land and other resource needed and commonly used to produce food (including local and organic), you will easily noticed that the eco-advantages of eating fruit far outweigh the mileage issues. This is without even considering that trees are one of the very few plants that improve the soil and the environment instead of exploiting it.

Thank You!

Gio :-)

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