Nameste if you manage to live so healthily on fruits and vegetables I wonder
what country are you living in? The reason I am asking this is because
living in the colder northern hemisphere it is difficult to maintain health
on such a diet as it is overall too cooling ot the body. This then tends to
undermine the intergrity of the adrenal glands which then lowers digestive
power. i find that there are certain bodies who need the inclusion of grains
in the diet for health and and maintaining water balance in the body.
I found a diet of just fruit and vegetables too eliminating for my body
although I appreciate that others do ok. One has to look at the long term
implications of an all fruit diet. Our livers for optimal function need a
certain amount of protein. I do not believe that this can be got from fruit
as I lost too much weight on an all fruit diet and only gained it back when
I put good quality protein back in my diet.
I find that an all fruit diet is ok for a few days for cleansing purposes
but beyond this it can work against some constitutions.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Loren Lockman" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: Frutarian diets
> Dear Robin,
> Your questions are good ones, and asked frequently. There is a lot of
> misinformation out there, and many people are surprised to learn the
> to these questions. I'll answer them below.
> In a message dated 3/5/01 11:16:27 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> << First of all, what about protein and fats. I know we don't need a lot
> these (definitely much less than the NOrth American diet contains) but we
> do need some for muscle building and for the maintenance of equilibrium
> within the body. I'm thinking particularly of women who need a certain
> amount of fat in their bodies to achieve healthy rereproductive capacity.
> **You are right, of course, that we do need some protein and fat in our
> What very few people understand is that there is both protein and fat in
> plant foods. Protein is the building block of cell tissue, so every
> living cell -- plant or animal -- contains protein. Enzymes, the very
> we talk so much about with raw foods, are specialized proteins. Though
> is not a lot of protein in fruit, it is all we need. A human baby gets
> between 1 and 2% protein in breast milk at the time in it's life when it
> growing the fastest, and therefore its protein needs are highest. Fruit
> supplies, on average, just as much protein as human breast milk, and is
> than sufficient for any human's needs.
> **Plant foods -- including fruit -- also supply ample fat, in the form of
> fatty acids. Fats perform the same roles in plant cells as they do in
> and just as they are found in all of our body's cells, they are found
> throughout plant cells as well, obviously in differing quantities.
> have lots of fat, oranges much less. Leafy greens also are loaded with
> **Though most of our bodies are used to concentrated sources of both fat
> protein, when given the chance, and only fed the most physiologically
> appropriate human diet -- fruit and leafy greens -- they become much
> able to efficiently assimilate and use the small amounts of protein and
> found in plant foods.
> **The generally accepted neccessary quantities of these macro nutrients is
> way over-stated because it's based on the apparent needs of the average
> person. But the average person is creating heart disease or cancer as we
> speak -- not well, and not functioning efficiently. It hardly makes sense
> try to understand the needs of the human body by looking at a poorly
> functioning example of one.
> **The same can be said for the micronutrients -- vitamins, minerals,
> and other phyto-nutrients. Our needs are much smaller than believed, when
> the body is functioning properly and efficiently -- and this Only happens
> the diet that our bodies are designed for -- primarily fruit and leafy
> greens. Like the other primates, we do NOT have the appropriate
> to process and break down the toxic by-products of a heavy protein diet.
> physiology bears little resemblance to that of the carnivores and
> who are endowed with the ability to quickly and efficiently eliminate
> toxic wastes created by consuming large amounts of protein.
> **Of course the average person is also cooking most of their food, and
> rendering the majority of the nutrients, both macro and micro, unusable.
> Along these lines, are you going to try to tel us that a foetus can
> quite well if the mother eats a diet of mostly fruit and some veggies?
> **Absolutely. Just as in all of the other anthropoid primates, and in
> most of the animals on the planet.
> Also, what about the bowel system? Yes, what you say about cleansing the
> body so it can adjust to a light diet makes sense. However, much fruit
> diarrhetic (spelling?) qualities which can wreak havoc with the bodies.
> thinking both of the high water content and of the high fibre content.
> **Neither high water content nor high fiber content will cause diarrhea in
> healthy body. In fact, both will often prevent it. Our digestive tracts
> extremely long relative to other animals, and require fiber in all of our
> foods for proper processing. We are over 70% water, and will become
> partially dehydrated if not consuming a diet of mostly high-water content
> food. Eating nothing but fruit and salad, I never have diarrhea -- or any
> other sign of sickness or disease. In fact, I went from being extremely
> to being perfectly healthy, and have not been sick one day in almost 14
> **I hope this helps answer your questions Robin.