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Fruitarianism is a dietary lifestyle that emphasizes the consumption of raw, uncooked fruits, nuts, and seeds. Fruitarianism is often considered a subcategory of veganism, as it excludes all animal products and by-products, including dairy, eggs, and honey.
Guidelines for the Fruitarianism Diet
- Emphasize raw fruits: The fruitarianism diet emphasizes consuming raw, uncooked fruits as the primary source of calories and nutrients.
- Include nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are also allowed in the fruitarianism diet, as they are considered to be whole plant foods.
- Avoid cooked foods: Cooked foods are not allowed in the fruitarianism diet, as it is believed that cooking destroys vital nutrients and enzymes.
- Avoid animal products and by-products: Fruitarianism is a form of veganism and excludes all animal products and by-products, including dairy, eggs, and honey.
- Practice food combining: Fruitarianism emphasizes proper food combining to optimize digestion and nutrient absorption.
Benefits of the Fruitarianism Diet
- High in nutrients: Fruits, nuts, and seeds are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them a nutrient-dense source of food.
- Easy to digest: Raw fruits, nuts, and seeds are easier to digest compared to cooked foods, as they contain natural enzymes that aid in digestion.
- Sustainable: Fruitarianism is often considered a sustainable way of eating, as it does not require the use of animal products or by-products.
- May improve digestion: Fruitarianism promotes proper food combining, which can help to improve digestion and nutrient absorption.
Potential Risks of the Fruitarianism Diet
- Nutrient deficiencies: The fruitarianism diet may be low in certain nutrients, such as protein, iron, and calcium.
- Dental health: Consuming a high amount of fruit can increase the risk of tooth decay and dental erosion.
- Blood sugar imbalances: Consuming a high amount of fruit can lead to blood sugar imbalances, which can be problematic for people with diabetes or other blood sugar disorders.
- Limited food options: The fruitarianism diet can be restrictive and limit food options, making it difficult to meet all nutritional needs.
- Potential for foodborne illness: Consuming raw fruits, nuts, and seeds can increase the risk of foodborne illness, such as salmonella and E. coli.
The entomophagy diet and fruitarianism diet are unique dietary lifestyles that have their own set of benefits and potential risks. As with any diet, it is important to consider individual nutritional needs and consult with a healthcare professional before making any significant dietary changes.