I read an article in last week about a couple from New York City in a series called “What’s Your Workout”. Along with the discussion of their workout routine it described their diet, and they are fruitarians. I had never heard of fruitarians, so I did a little research online.
Fruitarians believe that you should only eat what a plant gives willingly. So a grape or an orange is ok but pulling a carrot from the ground to eat it is killing the vegetable. It turns out fruitarians have been around a loooonnnggg time. The first fruitarians….. Adam and Eve. “Behold I have given you herb yielding seed. To you it shall be for meat; Genesis 1:29.”
In the articles I read, there is a common theme. If you stick with the diet long enough, it could kill you. August Englehardt, a rich German, tried to start a fruitarian cult in New Guinea around the 1900’s. Almost everyone who stayed with him died. He lived to 43 and died from malnutrition. There have been many famous fruitarians over the years, including Leonardo DaVinci, Mahatma Gandhi, Dick Gregory (who wrote a Fruitarian cookbook), Pete Maravich, and of course, Idi Amin, to name a few.
You are probably familiar with the saga of one our recently deceased fruitarians, Apple founder Steve Jobs. The reason he delayed surgical treatment for his pancreatic cancer was because his fruitarian guru told him his diet would cure him.
The couple I read about have a baby that they are trying to raise from birth as a fruitarian. So far, he is still on 50% breast milk and 50% fruitarian diet. Everything I read suggests this is a really bad idea. For example, to get the equivalent of the recommended daily protein for a 110 pound woman, you could eat 1 container of Greek yogurt, 4 ounces of chicken and 1 ounce of tofu. The fruitarian would need 100 apples or 31 bananas or 33 oranges to achieve teh equivalent. You get the idea. Some have tried to raise children as fruitarians and have had their children removed by Social Services.
The main motivation for becoming a fruitarian appears to be spiritual. They want to return to the original diet of Adam and Eve or they want to avoid killing plants. Just writing this blog makes me want go eat a steak and fries. What do you think about fruitarianism?