I am so intrigued by fruitarianism, and I love the idea of being fueled by fruit and being able to eat as much fruit as I want. However, what I don't understand is how taking away whole grains, vegetables, and plant proteins can be good for you. I have also been hearing rumors about certain ethics associated with fruitariainism and I'm curious how these differ from ethics commonly associated with veganism.
In short: How does fruitarianism better benefit me and the planet in a way that trumps veganism?
Thank you for your time and thoughts :)
Most people here that call themselves fruitarians still eat greens and vegetables.
It's just that the amount of calories in the Greens is much less. I eat a ton of vegetables but when you add up the calories the fruit ends up being the majority of calories.
Even Michael Arnstein the fruitarian "here" eats vegetables. Grains might be another story.
A few thoughts:
Most grains and some veggies cannot be eaten raw. There are resources on this and other sites about the dangers of eating cooked food.
Besides that, there are problems with eating most grains (like gluten). Read "The grain damage" by Dr. Doug Graham, the author of 80/10/10
On the global scale it's better for the land, animals, air and humans to have large orchards with some veggie fields verses a lot of fields with grain, potatoes, veggies and a few orchards. Using Doug Graham term - winfinity!
There are more benefits to list, but I'll stop here; there's plenty to research already if you are interested.
A short answer is that fruits are the optimal diet for humans, as the book from Dr. Graham explains 80/10/10 diet.
just a note from the "ism" on topic from J. Morris Hicks:
Whenever I hear a word that has an “ism” on the end, I must confess that my first reaction is negative. I immediately think about the cults and subversive groups that comprise the lunatic fringe of society (of which I guess I am now a member).
Personally, I don’t think it’s fair for those of us who eat the natural diet for our species—to have to have an “ism” to describe our diet style. Why shouldn’t the “ism” be reserved for those who’re eating the unnatural diet for our species? Let’s think of a word that would describe something incredibly harmful, cruel, wasteful, selfish and detrimental to our own health(meat,eggs,dairy). I am thinking of barbarianism.
i may put it a different way. different branches of the way people who eat vegetarian go about it.
fruitarian - ill advised by 811 and those following the frugavore life, consists of no water and only fruit
vegan junk - oil, cooked fried baked
boilitarian - no fry or bake vegan
hollywood raw - all the overts you care for (imbalances in gut flora) fermentation, crusifarious starch vegetables, stimulants and hallucinogens (mushrooms ormus gold etc)
vegan natural hygiene - 811 high carb low fat raw vegan, succulent greens of variety
Here's the rank of typical diets from least to greatest: SAD<Pescatarian<Vegetarian<Vegan<Fruitarian
From an environmental standpoint, fruitarianism is much better:
Unlike the traditional omnivorous or vegan diet that is based primarily on annual crops, predominantly cereals, a fruit based diet is predominantly based on perennial agriculture, primarily fruit tree growing..
Being reliant on annual crops means heavy reliance on fossil fuels for land cultivation.. it involves wide spread loss of wildlife habitat, and annual unintentional slaughter of innocent animals that get caught up in the heavy machinery used to turn the earth.. The earth suffers from this practice, which is, to say the least, highly unnatural..
Think about this.. no where in nature will you find a naturally grown field of one particular plant species.. Mono crops are devastating the planet.. To grow large mono crops to feed the masses, involves a constant struggle against diversity of plant life. The alternative of not relying heavily on pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals, is even more labour intensive, thus inevitably producing food of higher shop price..
Fruit tree growing does not involve the earth being disrupted each year, by heavy rotivating plows and the like..
I am not naively saying that no fossil fuels are used, or chemicals in fruit production, far from it. but I am saying that the amount and impact is vastly reduced.. And I mean vastly... Fruit trees are also grown in mono.. field after field of mango etc.. And ultimately I clearly believe that that can be improved on too, however the environmental consequences of this are far less than the desertifing tactics of annual monocrops..
Read more: http://mangodurian.blogspot.com/2008/01/environmental-fruitarianism...
For ethical reasons (though I'm personally not against eating veggies...):
Unlike every other type of food out there, fruit actually "wants" to be eaten.
Bacon would not be a choice if the pig had any say in the matter.. A lamb, given the gift of speach, would most probably say "no" if you asked if you could eat its leg, fish would no doubt choose to stay in the water, if they could, and I feel pretty sure turkeys must object once their Christmas is made clear to them..
Chickens are surely protesting from having their eggs stolen and freedoms restricted, and both cows and their calves would be up in arms, if they had any, with the theft of their milk.
Given the chance, bees will attack and defend ferociously, even sacrificing themselves in the process, in order to protect their precious honey..-A sure sign that they do not give it up voluntarily..
But even for the things that have no oral or physical ways to defend themselves, it does not take a great leap in thought and faith to understand that they would likely protest, if they had the ability..
Eating a carrot involves destruction of the whole plant, the lives of lettuces and cabbages are brought short once picked. Even individual leaves torn off of a plant, seems in some way to me, to be against the grain of a universe supposedly built on love... Eating grains, cereal, nuts and seeds generally involves depriving those capsules of any real chance of a life that could have been theirs..
But fruit..!! Now fruit is a whole different kettle of fish.. or should I say "basket of mangoes"! Fruit is different!
Given the choice, the plant that bears the fruit, would most likely be saying "eat it! eat it!".. Because through eating the fruit, you will be helping the tree spread it's seed.. And the more tasty the fruit, the more likely you will be to nurture and care for it's seed.
Read more: http://mangodurian.blogspot.com/2007/12/fruit-wants-to-be-eaten.htm...
you rock! I could not improve on what you have posted.
fruit is the food of love.
I didn't write it so don't give me credit haaha; the links I provided are to the author, but I thought it was very well put. :)
Ditto! You said it so well! :D Except for the whole animal thing. (No offense, but I just wanted to clarify this, since your argument in that area would be really easy for a meat-eater to dispute.) Of course, humans aren't meant to eat animals, but if you applied that same logic to all animals, there would be no food chain or population control. I know that you know that, but all the same. :) The main thing about eating animals is that 1.) We're not omnivores (or carnivores, of course), 2.) We kill animals on a massive, cruel, and unnecessary scale, which is incredibly wrong and 3.) (Which is connected with #2) We have absolutely no respect for animals or mother Earth, and we're horribly disconnected from and out of tune with nature.
The article is talking about humans... Besides, I did not write it.
Well, I know that it's talking about humans. That logic just doesn't work. Haha. But oh, you quoted directly from the article. Okie-dokie. :)
4 time less energy from fruitarian than 801010/30bad/natural hygiene/HCLFRV
Has anyone here tried eating a combination of fruitarianism and veganism?
If so how did it work out for you ?