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Feb 19th, 2011, 04:11 PM
Why so many bananas a day? 30 to me seems frankly excessive. How do you afford it for a start? And actually physically getting them into your body without getting sick of them after two days? And your blood glucose and potassium levels? Don't they skyrocket? It really doesn't seem like a balanced diet to me. Come on fruitarians... give us your views!!! :)

Feb 20th, 2011, 12:20 AM
I've done it for several weeks with no adverse effects. The cost is really cheap. I get bananas for 26 cents a pound so cost is not a factor. According to Dr Graham's book your body can process the bananas very quickly and keeping your fat intake to 10% of less prevents the intestinal walls from getting coated with fat which inhibits the absorption. Since your body converts anything you eat to glucose, worrying about that is also not an issue. Your body regulates potassium levels as long as your renal glands are properly functioning. There are people who have been living like this for over 40 years and they are by all indications very healthy. I would think that by now if there were some kind of health concern, it would have shown up.
The 30 bananas a day name of the sight is just a name and doesn't really mean that one should eat that many every day (it actually represents the 3000 kcals/day calorie goal that they say everyone should shoot for). Personally I have been eating about 15/day along with a large salad, oranges, mangoes, dates and such. Since your body uses carbs for energy, you will find that your energy levels are really good all day long. The whole program/lifestyle is based on 80% carbs, 10% percent protein and 10% fat.
In the picture gallery of the site, I haven't seen anyone who even looks remotely fat or sickly, so there must be something to it.
Hope this helps

Nov 16th, 2011, 04:14 AM
A fruitarian diet is not sustainable and most regions of the world are not capable of producing the amount of food necessary to sustain the world population. There are a lot of fruitarians in the region where I live and they pay more money for food a day than it costs me to feed my family per week, because a lot of their food is trucked in rather than local which is mostly how our economy works. And I don't think it's healthy from looking at the fruitarians here.

Nov 16th, 2011, 04:36 AM
What are the typical reasons why people subject themselves to a fruit based diet? I am just curious. I remember in 2005 my grandmother subjected herself to a fruit based diet as a fruitarian would. She only did the diet thing for about a month and it was to lose weight, control her blood sugar and stuff. She did lose a lot of weight (too much if you ask me) and she turned pink! My grandmother's skin was rosy and pinkish. She pretty much did it because she wanted to look thinner. Then she went back to a vegetarian diet. I personally can't eat too much fruit a day because it fills me up too much and it's too sugary. Fruit is so expensive in my region too :(

Nov 16th, 2011, 04:38 AM
Oh and back to the original question...fruit is very high in fructose and acids. Not enough complex carbs and definitely not enough protein to sustain a person indefinitely. B12 is probably found in minimal amounts as well (if any).

Nov 16th, 2011, 04:50 AM
I can only speak about where I live and I don't really want to sound self-righteous or biased (because I'm not) but... a lot of the tourists that come here fancy themselves "spiritual-foodies" they are kind of freaks to the locals. These people do not bathe, and walk around the city half naked trying to prove something and they tend to be tattooed and have rather large piercings which frighten the Thai children and are unacceptable to the Thai culture in general. I have also noticed they drink and smoke a lot which I think is kind of funny considering how they condemn the world for not being eco-friendly like them. My conclusion is it is just a fad, for show or to get attention. I do not believe it is a healthy diet and I don't think there is enough B12 or other vitamins and minerals needed for good health.

Nov 16th, 2011, 04:58 AM
I've never met anyone who lives on a fruit-only diet. Sounds like it would be tough to follow. I love whole grains & veggies WAY too much. Hmmm that sounds sort of like the hipster movement in the US. Hahaha. I have heard about people, like my grandmother, who subject themselves to a fruit diet for periods of time to accomplish a short term goal (weight loss, etc.) I would think you wouldn't lose too much weight because of all the sugar? Hmm idk.

Nov 16th, 2011, 12:35 PM
What are the typical reasons why people subject themselves to a fruit based diet? I am just curious.

I believe it's an ethical thing for some people - they only want to take the parts of the plant that the plant "wants" them to have. Fruit is generally interpreted as including beans, seeds, and "vegetables" that are actually fruit such as tomatoes and zucchini/courgettes - so it's not as restrictive as you might think, though they avoid roots, stems, leaves and so on. I agree that it's probably quite hard to get a balanced diet, especially if you don't want to cook the food as some fruitarians don't.

Nov 16th, 2011, 03:01 PM
It's cool for Tenzin Gyatso (the Dalai Lama) but he doesn't have to pick his own food... ethical can only be taken to the extreme of survival when we do what we need to do to survive (don't kid yourself for a moment).

Oct 27th, 2013, 07:04 PM
I came on here to look up Fruitarianism after researching it elsewhere and finding lots of conflicting advice, and I saw this:
Guilty feelings can spiral out of control if you lose perspective.

It stuck out to me, because believe it or not, I was actually starting to feel panicky about whether I was doing the right thing by not being "a bit Fruity" myself!!! But honestly, from what's being said, and from what I saw elsewhere on the web; "a pizza marinara or a peanut butter and fruit jam sandwich is actually Fruitarian" (that is, if you include all "released" components of the various plants such as fruits, grains, seeds, legumes, nuts etc, and putting aside the cooked/raw thing), that only really means the root vegetables and leafy ones are non-fruitarian in the vegan diet.

This leads me to think two things; a) it's actually not excluding that much more than we vegans do anyway, so Fruitarians are getting a bad rap for being restrictive... However, I DO have concerns about some nutrients because; b) some foods which are not within the Fruitarian range of "allowed" foods are still, for me, essential...

For instance, around 12 years ago I became extremely ill (I was vomiting repeatedly - even water - for nearly two months and went down to 6 st 12 lbs - and at 5' 2.5" that made my BMI less than 17!), all I could eat (and all I wanted - in fact, craved - to eat), was bananas, and baked potatoes... It later transpired that when my GP was begging me to let her admit me to hospital (I had refused because I was a single mother), my Potassium level was very dangerously low... Simply eating these foods rectified that. No medicine, no electrolyte drinks.

Now, given that both Bananas and Potatoes have Potassium and many other nutrients in common, but Bananas are not a root vegetable, one might say that if I'd eaten only Bananas, I'd have been okay. However, Potatoes have way more starch and way less sugar, and high sugar combined with low Potassium could have been very dangerous for me at that time.

I guess the conclusion I'm coming too, is more and more than raw food, and fruit/seed/nut/grain/legumes, are definitely going to be good for you, but I'm just not convinced that it has to be 100%.

Oct 29th, 2013, 02:24 AM
I agree - that seems to be the best way to look at it: in terms of nutrient content rather than whether it's raw. As a general rule, of course it's best to keep the proportion of raw foods in one's diet high, and the raw foodists do have a point in that cooking often reduces nutrient content. In what I've read there are often flaky claims re a quasi-mystical notion of "vital force" in fresh foods. Well, there are enzymes and other goodies lost in cooking, so fair enough. But as always, it's important to avoid dogmatism, getting stuck in a certain way of framing things, and to step back with an open mind for some perspective and common sense.

Oct 5th, 2014, 08:18 PM
Double post

Oct 5th, 2014, 08:56 PM
Hi people, i'm new in this forum.

I'm from portugal, and i started a egg lacto vegetarian and i follow for seven years.
I changed to a frutarian at about 6 months.

My body is good at this moment, but i need to be social active, because i only eat fruits, and veggies sometimes.

I like this life style, because don't make me tired.
When i followed the vegetarian style, i' was always tired.

Anyone in the forum, was frutarian, and returned to vegan or vegetarian?