Fruit Diet Benefits, Risks, and More – Is a Fruitarian Diet Healthy or Dangerous?

by happyc | May 26, 2018

It is strongly advised that you seek the opinion of your physician or a dietitian before beginning any new diet as many in the social media today may prove to be detrimental to your health versus helping you lose the weight you desire to lose. If you do decide to follow through with this diet please proceed with caution.

Fruits offer a wide array of essential vitamins and nutrients are low calorie and most of them are delicious making this an appealing diet to try.

However, fruits contain no proteins which is essential in our diets.

Gradually introduce your body to an all fruit diet by adding a little more fruit daily and eliminating a higher caloric food. You can expect to experience some gastrointestinal discomfort such as gas and constipation caused from your higher level of fiber in your body. Drinking plenty of water will help elevate some of this discomfort. It is also recommended that you don’t stay on this diet for an extended period of time as it can cause deficiencies in life essential things like proteins, zinc, iron vitamin D, fatty acids, most B vitamins (especially B-12) High fiber diets may also cause interactions with some medications. Fruits are filled with essential nutrients and low in calories and can be beneficial and lowering heart disease lowering blood pressure and can help with digestive problems vision problems and may prevent some types of cancer.

How does the fruit diet work? Mostly from water. Unprocessed fruits contain a lot of water and fiber which leaves less room for more food in your stomach. You may see the word satiety associated with the all fruit diet as this is how it works. Satiety is that fullness feeling like your body is satisfied and doesn’t need anymore food. The high fiber in pears, apples and berries can give you this sense of fullness.

Eight of the best fruits for weight loss because they are higher in fiber and pectin(fat burner) that helps raise your metabolism. Metabolism is the process in which your body converts food into energy.

  • apples-high in fiber
  • watermelon-hydration and helps with satiety
  • bananas-high energy, high in potassium, helps with muscle cramps and can help lower blood pressure
  • mangoes-great source of calcium, vitamins A and C and high in potassium
  • pears-high fiber, lowers cholesterol
  • grapefruit-a study done at John Hopkins University showed that women who made no dietary or lifestyle changes lost 20lb. Average in 13 weeks just by adding grapefruit to their diet
  • strawberries-speed up metabolism, helps in production of hormones and is high in vitamins A, B, C, and D
  • oranges-low in calories, helps cravings for something sweet to eat and high in Vitamin-C

For late night snacking try melons such as cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon.

They are high in water but low in calories.

In addition to being a great source of nutrients some fruits are high in antioxidants too. Antioxidants are minerals and vitamins that our bodies use to strengthen our immune systems thereby improving our over all health. Antioxidants are beneficial in boosting our brain function and I naturally reduce free radicals within our bodies. Free radicals are toxins and cause damage to living cells through a process called oxidative stress.

Antioxidants counteract this process. We are exposed to many free radical in our environment such as cigarettes smoke, pollution, drugs, illness, high levels of stress and in some cases even extensive exercises that weaken our immune systems. Antioxidants neutralize and remove the free radicals from the bloodstream enabling us to maintain healthier eyes, lungs, hair and skin and possibly prevents some types of cancer. Fruits that are high in antioxidants are apricots, raspberries, cherries, watermelon and blueberries.

While fruits offer so many nutrients and healthy benefits eating it alone can lead to some serious complications over a period of time. Fruit does not have the proteins that our bodies need for the calories and energy. If the body does not get enough calories it can lead to headaches, emotional issues, dizziness, fatigue and fainting.

When your metabolism is boosted up and your protein level is low the body will begin to break down muscles in order to get the amino acids it needs. When the body is protein deficient it can cause you to feel hungry and weak; hair loss or make it stop growing; depletes T-Cells which are major germ fighters causing our immune systems to be defenseless against viruses and bacteria;

Swelling in lower extremities and flaky skin irritation on back of tight and buttocks.

It is recommended that our diets need to be at least 10-35% call proteins such as soy, unsalted nuts, lentils or beans. Animal foods that are good sources of protein include fish, skinless poultry, lean meats and low fat dairy products. Fats are also recommended in diets; 20-35% of our diets should consist of fats. Unsaturated fats are what we are looking for like olive, sunflower or canola oils or soybean. Fish and poultry are excellent sources also.

As you can see there is much more to consider here than just losing weight quickly. Choosing to ignore facts and beginning a diet of this magnitude can be very dangerous without the help of a dietitian or physician. Note that it has been documented that the weight you lose while on an all fruit diet will likely be gained back after you resume your normal diet. The all fruit diets have also been linked to pancreatic and kidney complications. Some in the medical field think it would be an excellent detox diet to rid our bodies of all the toxins in our bodies, but also state that a two week diet of only fruit is taking a huge risk with your life.

I do hope that my researching this topic has some how enlightened you as it has me. I personally do not have an overweight problem but have suffered with some of the above mentioned deficiencies throughout my adult life and now am certain that part of my problem stems from not having enough protein in my meals. And it wouldn’t hurt for me to load up on some of those fruits rich in antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins, but in moderation and with my meat and tators.