Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Types of Raw Foodists - Fruitarians

Orange, pear, appleImage by Joe Lencioni via Flickr

We've talked a lot about the value of the raw food diet; that is, a diet that consists mainly of uncooked, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, sprouts, seaweed, nuts and juices. It’s a vegetarian diet, but one that maintains the idea that cooking and processing take out the majority of essential vitamins, enzymes and nutrients that our bodies evolved to thrive on.

Fruitarians, as the word implies, eat primarily fruits, with nuts and grains as well. Fruits are the part of a plant that carries the seeds - so a fruitarian diet includes some foods that we usually think of as vegetables in a culinary sense: tomatoes, avocados and cucumbers, for example. Fruit is nourishing and refreshing for your health. It doesn't clog the body's vital arteries; better still, it actually flushes and cleanses.

You need to eat carefully if you choose a fruitarian diet, because it can be a real challenge to get enough essential protein in your diet. A fruitarian can eat an avocado sandwich, a coconut milk shake or the purest coconut ice cream made from the milk and meat of the fruit. Or perhaps try sweets made with pure maple syrup or date sugar, fruit shakes made of a mixture of orange and banana, pear and peach, pomegranate, papaya, and plum. Other common meals are salads of tofu, tomato and cucumber, green and red peppers (but not lettuce, cabbage, or celery), and nut butters such as almond butter or tahini and hummus {chickpea paste}. In other words, fruitarian may eat fruits 99.9% of the time, but occasionally do indulge in the delicacies of other food groups.

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