Critical examination of a more raw fruit/veg centered approach

by (709) Updated October 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM Created October 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

After instances that resembled severe food allergies/intolerances on what resembled a nutrient dense paleo diet, I decided that regardless of how "right"(scientifically and such) the paleo diet it, maybe it was time to try something different. I stumbled upon the fruitarian fringe and decided to give it a go. Now before anyone writes me off as a troll of some sort, or even a shill for the 30bananas loony camp, give me a chance. I decided that the science behind all those raw vegan anecdotes is spotty at the moment, but that doesn't mean there isn't any. Chances are that people who try all these different diets are people who are sick to begin with (duh!). So what could a highly fruit/veg diet offer in terms of benefits for sick people? Well i thought of a few reasons and was hoping people could pitch in to suggest some more.

1)Low protein content

As we know, food allergies and sensitivities are linked to various different proteins (e.g. gluten, casein), so it should make sense that by greatly reducing our protein intake and especially the most reactive types of proteins that we should see some sort of improvement.

2)Food reward reduction and subsequent weight loss

The one thing that I noticed most heavily is that in the general population, and even in paleo circles and such, people who eat cooked food are always combining foods and increasing foods reward value (e.g. potatoes and butter, potatoes and meat, seasonings..etc). The one thing that most people have in common, irregardless of the diet they follow, is that they eat fruit by itself (i.e. you don't see bananas and butter together--FOR THE MOST PART--i know banana splits and other desserts are the exception)

Those are some of the preliminary musings i have in regards to why certain people experience improvement when adopting a raw fruit/veg diet. I hope to find out if there is additional evidence to counter indicate this or bolster and add more to it. Thanks again for all your time!

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37013 · October 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I'm not an expert, so I can speak only from n=1. Basically, whatever I ate yesterday is what I'm NOT hungry for today.

I have all-meat days and no-meat days, but on the majority of days I eat meat, fruit and vegetables. The majority of my food volume is fruit and veggies; at least half of my calories are from meat.

Honestly, I have to believe my ancestors ate anything they could get their hands on. They feasted on meat when there was plenty, probably ate fruit only when a given type was at its peak and then gorged on it (same with nuts), and scavenged greens and tubers/veggies when there wasn't enough meat or fruit to get full on.

It's only me, but I think it's silly to get too hung up on food ratios. Excluding junk food, because I always want too much of that, whatever looks and smells great is what I need and whatever doesn't look/smell/taste good I probably don't need today.

634 · October 14, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I hope you're not planning to go into frutarianism? There's all sorts of potential problems with such a diet, especially that it provides a lot less fat than you need and a lot more carbs than you need.

Btw, banana and butter or any other fat go great together! This is how I typically eat fruits :)

12607 · October 13, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Number one doesn't really relate to total protein intake, rather what foods are removed, like wheat, dairy, soy and other sources of potentially immunoreactive proteins.

People with intolerances to such foods likely benefit from cutting them out, but a lower protein intake likely isn't doing them any favors. In many studies and animal models, protein malnourishment results in abnormal immune responses. The ratio of TH1 to TH2 mediated antibodies and glutathione production consistently declines. This occurs during zinc deficiency as well, another possible side effect of such a diet.

So if your propensity for food intolerance declines on a fruitarian diet, either you're too immunosuppressed to mount an immune response at all (which is more bad than good) or another factor(s) other than low protein intake is likely at play. My first guess would be improvement of gut flora through increased prebiotic intake, which can be of huge benefit to people with such issues.

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