Barmy about bananas? Loco for the coco(nuts) ? Then this could very well be a diet for you.
With the ever increasing popularity of veganism, it comes as no surprise that people have began branching off and discovering their own paths within veganism which, to them, promote optimal health and wellbeing. There’s the gluten free vegan, the raw vegan, the high carb low fat vegan and gaining increasing popularity is the idea of being a fruit based vegan, otherwise known as a Fruitarian. Fruitarian is a term used to describe someone who is following a fruit based vegan diet, whereby 50-75% of their energy intake is provided from fruit sources.
One of the most famous fruitarian spokespeople is a YouTuber who goes by Freelee the Banana Girl. With over 600k subscribers, Freelee preaches the benefits of a fruit-heavy lifestyle, downing 30+ bananas in a single day. Freelee’s view is that eating low-calorie fruits in large quantities delivers maximum glucose to the brain, fuelling our minds and bodies naturally while keeping us slim.
So whilst fruit is nature’s sweet treats, is this lifestyle a route to optimum health or just a one-way ticket to a sugar rush?
Fans of the fruit diet
The most famous fruitarian was the late Steve Jobs, who was vocal about his diet, the lifestyle even acted as the muse for his global brand Apple. Each year there is the Woodstock Fruit Festival where devoted fans of the diet gather to meet like-minded fruit, attend seminars and devour $100,000 worth of fruit!
The Health “Benefits”
Fans of the diet argue that it is nutritionally sound providing minimum but adequate levels of protein and fat, it keeps the body leans, aids the digestive process ( subsequently bringing a natural balance to you “flow” let’s say) and provides said fruitarians with an abundance of energy due to the fact that your calories are not restricted and you can eat fruit to your hearts content. The diet also keeps you hydrated, with all the water you “need” being provided
So sounds good to me, sign me up?
Before you rush off and make a resolution to become a fruitarian, it must be highlighted the negative attention the diet garners. Sure fruit is good for you, but it should be part of a varied diet and not a fruit exclusive one. Throw in the fact that it’s extremely restrictive, it isn’t a diet you can pick up and drop off if you wish to reap the full rewards, and therefore that means it can become isolating, especially with social occasions. Surely your way of eating should merge with your life and not take over. Whilst variety is high and packed full of vitamins, something just isn’t right when a diet becomes so restrictive.
Health advisors also claim that Fruitarianism can act as a gateway for orthorexia, an eating disorder focused on excessive healthy eating. Medical professional advise that when limiting food groups without a medical pretence, this can build up to disordered eating patterns, however fans of the diet will argue against this advising they don’t restrict their body the nourishment that it needs.
Final Fruit Thoughts?
Whilst the benefits of eating a natural, whole foods based diet are widely known, and the ethical, environmental and health benefits of veganism are attracting more and more attention, the issues found with the fruitarian lifestyle is its restrictive nature. Removing entire food groups, and branding them as the devil is not a healthy approach to living, but it’s understandable why people are opting for this route as our bodies crave the sweet stuff and this diet has them in abundance. Instead of having a whole fruit based diet, it would be far saner to incorporate more fruit within your diet. Yes, there is sugar and carbs, but natural fructose which your body knows how to handle and they are jam packed with vitamins so there should never be a clause for how much fruit to eat, so long as its within a balanced diet.
If you do wish to explore a Fruitarian diet , it is advised you contact your GP before making major changes to your diet.