Popular Diets
The Fruitarian Diet

Strict Fruitarians (or fructarians) only eat fruit...

Fruit For Fruitarian Diet

Fruit for fruitarian diet in popular diets

Make sure to eat nuts if you're a fruitarian.

A number of people consider themselves to be fruitarians even if their diet is not 100% fruit. Such individuals usually follow a vegan diet. When discussing food, the term "fruit" usually refers only to those plant fruits that are sweet and fleshy (for example, apples, plums, and oranges). Botanists consider other foods such as bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, nuts, and grains to be fruits.

Some fruitarians restrict their diet to fruits that fall, or would naturally fall from a plant. The idea is to eat only foods that can be harvested without killing the plant. Such foods are mostly fruits, nuts, and seeds. Some fruitarians do not eat grains, believing it is unnatural to do so, and some feel that people should not eat seeds. Others believe they should eat only plants that spread seeds when the plant is eaten. Still others eat seeds and selected cooked foods. Additional diet options include beans and peas, green leafy vegetables, and root vegetables.

Fruitarian in Switzerland in popular diets

Is Switzerland known for its fruit?

Many fruitarians believe fruitarianism was the original human diet as eaten by Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis. They believe that a return to Eden will require simple living and a holistic approach to diet and health. On the other hand some fruitarians assert that eating selected types of fruit does the parent plant a favor by dispersing its seed in accordance with the evolution of fleshy fruit.

Columbia University’s Health Promotion Program finds that a fruitarian diet can cause deficiencies in calcium, protein, iron, zinc, vitamin D, most B vitamins (especially B-12), and essential fatty acids. Additionally, this group feels that food restrictions may lead to hunger, cravings, food obsessions, social disruptions and social isolation.

The lack of protein in fleshy fruit can make such a diet difficult to sustain, and can lead to an abnormally low level of blood protein. Nuts are a good source of protein. Because of the lower digestibility of plant proteins, the American Dietetic Association states "protein needs might be higher than the recommended dietary allowance (when) dietary protein sources are mainly those that are less well digested, such as some cereals and legumes."

Vitamin B12, a bacterial product, is not found in any fruits and so it is important for fruitarians to include a B12 supplement in their diet. Doing so is contradictory to the philosophy of some strict fruitarians who believe that people may live on fruit alone. Even more than usual, I strongly recommend that you don’t undertake this diet without talking with your medical practitioner and a nutritionist.

Return to Popular Diets – Weight Loss, Nutrition, and Fitness Page


Access our International Wine Site

Access our Italian Travel Articles Page