The Fruitarian Diet

shutterstock_177932099Many people have relied on different diets in order to lose weight or follow a healthy lifestyle. There are many diets that people follow today, usually based on their popularity or their effectiveness. Some are easy to follow while others offer certain challenges that make them difficult to maintain. Among those that are becoming popular nowadays is the fruitarian diet.

The Fruitarian diet or fruitarianism is a type of diet that practice a diet based mostly in fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Followers of the diet avoid animal products and even grains. Because of this type of diet, fruitarianism is also considered as a subcategory of veganism.

There are different ways people may adopt the fruitarian diet. Some reasons are ethical, environmental or even religious in nature. Some also prefer such a diet because of its supposed health benefits. But just like any other type of diet, fruitarianism has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of them.

Benefits

One of the benefits of the fruitarian diet is that it can provide a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants. Fruits are considered as good sources of vitamins, notably vitamins A, C, E and K. When combined with vegetables, this type of diet can also provide all the minerals your body needs.

Another advantage of a fruitarian diet is that it is low in calories. This will be a good diet for people who wish to lose weight. No matter how much you eat fruits and vegetables, it will not get you fat. A fruitarian diet is also a sustainable one in terms of produce. Since fruits are harvested from plants that produce more without killing the source, they are more sustainable as compared to rearing animals for food. Putting them on the table also requires few processes, which can minimize its environmental impact.

Disadvantages

There are also certain disadvantages to a fruitarian diet. There are certain nutrients that a fruitarian diet cannot readily provide. Fruits do not contain nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and many others. Vitamin D is essential for the body to process calcium to maintain bone health. Vitamin D is available freely from the sunlight. But in countries with colder climates where sunlight may not always be readily available, vitamin D can be sourced from fish oils, dairy and egg yolks, foods not allowed in fruitarian diets. Vitamin B-12 is essential for nerve cell functions as well as in the production of red blood cells. This nutrient is only available in meat. Many fruitarians can get these vitamins via vitamin supplements.

Another disadvantage of fruitarianism is that it can be a very expensive diet to follow. Most fruits as well as vegetables are harvested seasonally. They may not be available all-year round. There are times when these vegetables and fruits need to be imported from distant locations, making them quite expensive. Each season, fruitarians may only be able to eat fruits and vegetables which are available locally or may need to spend more to get the fruits they need out of season.

 

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