Blog: QI (Chi) Pig
by Wrenn

Let's Get Fruity! Real Facts!

fantastic MUST READ article about debunking the fruit theoried and regaining common sense in eating fresh fruit

Date:   3/31/2005 8:20:09 PM   ( 14 y ) ... viewed 2914 times

Is There a Food Better Than Fruit?

By Frédéric Patenaud

Fruits are such a delight to the senses.
Of all the foods available to us,
fruits are the most attractive, delicious and enjoyable.
Of all natural foods, that is,
the foods we can eat in their natural state,
fruit is the food we are most attracted to
and that first entices our senses.
Humans are born with a natural instinct for sweet foods
and in nature, that instinct naturally draws us to fruit.

When we are hungry - and I mean really hungry
- fruit is often the most satisfying food we can eat.
Is there anything better than to devour a delicious
ripe mango on a hot summer day?
Or to bite into a luscious, freshly-picked apple?
Or to enjoy a sweet, juicy ripe orange?
Is there any man-made dish that can beat the perfection
of a fully ripe cherry?

Fruits have been consumed by human beings
going as far back in time as we know,
whereas grains, legumes and dairy products
have only been cultivated for 10,000 years
or less, which is just a breath in the life of humanity.
Anthropological studies have shown that fruit
has been an important part of the human diet
for hundreds of thousands of years.

Fruit has always been recognized
as one of the healthiest foods there is.
In the minds of most people,
fruit is seen as a healthy food we should eat
more of due to its vitamin content.
But even when realizing the exceptional nutritional
qualities of fruit, very few people actually give it
the place it deserves in the diet.
Fruit is still eaten as a “snack” or a “dessert,”
but is rarely seen as a staple food.
In the mind of the masses,
fruit is a “healthy snack”
but not something that can really sustain
a hard-working man, like meat or bread.
They don’t realize that fruit should be a staple
in the diet, and has been for thousands upon thousands
of years, long before bread and rice were cultivated,
and long before cheese, sandwiches and twinkies
were invented.

Fruit eating offers many benefits:

* Fruit is the best source of the natural sugar
needed for energy.

* Fruit is packed with vitamins,
and still represents the best source of vitamins
in any food.

* Fruit is packed with anti-oxidants.

* Fruit is easier to digest than grains.
Fruit is basically pre-digested.
Digesting ripe fruit hardly requires any digestive enzymes,
and is thus less taxing to the body.

* Fruit is alkaline forming
(whereas meat, fish, grains and legumes are acid-forming).

* Fruit contains an abundance of pure water.

* Fruit is easy to eat.
It doesn’t require much preparation.

* Fruit is beautiful.
All of our senses are nourished by fruit,
not just our taste buds.

* People who eat lots of fruit live longer.
A study published in the British Medical Journal
(September 2001), showed that fresh fruit
offers the best bet for a long life.
The results of a study showed that frequent fruit eaters
had a 32 percent lower risk of dying
from cerebrovascular disease such as stroke,
and a 24 percent lower risk of dying
from ischemic heart disease,
than those who ate fruit less than once a day.

* Fruit contains lots of fiber,
which is necessary for optimum digestion.


Eating fruit before meals and other food combining rules

Natural Hygienists have known for a long time
that fruit doesn’t combine well with other foods.
The reason is that fruit contains simple sugars
that require no digestion.
Thus, they will not stay for a long time in the stomach.
Other foods, such as foods rich in fat,
protein and starch, will stay in the stomach
for a longer period of time
because they require more digestion.
So if you eat fruit after a meal,
the fruit sugar will stay for too long in the stomach
and ferment.
This is why people experience digestive trouble
when eating fruit that way.
They then blame that particular fruit for their trouble
and claim that they are “allergic” to it.

Natural Hygienists have been recommending for a long time
that fruit be eaten alone with no other foods.
They have also recommended eating melons alone
and avoiding mixing acid fruits with sweet fruits
such as bananas.
These are great recommendations,
but can be definitely be simplified.

Many people have a difficult time
eating a meal of fruit alone.
They’ll eat a meal of melon and not so long
after they’ll be hungry again,
for the simple and obvious reason that melons
are not calorie dense.
Eating a small cantaloupe (200 calories)
is not going to sustain you for very long
. But because they have read somewhere
that mixing melons with other fruits is not allowed,
they’ll try to wait until the next meal to eat
something else and then will often
in the meantime overeat on dried fruits and nuts
to compensate.

The solution to this is very simple:
since fruit digests so fast,
it is possible to eat fruit before any other food.
You can, when you are hungry, eat as much fruit
as you care for.
One type of fruit only would be ideal.
Then wait a little bit, like 5-10 minutes,
and have any other food you desire.
This can be a salad, a little avocado with tomatoes,
some nuts, or anything.
It can be cooked food too.
If you’ve been trying to follow food-combining rules
without success,
this new information could be very valuable to you.

The same goes with mixing other fruits together.
You can eat all the melon you want, and then,
if you are still hungry,
eat another type of fruit to satisfy your appetite.
It is not necessary to eat melons alone
if they are eaten before another foods.
You can even have melon and then have an avocado after.
The only thing that is important to remember

is to have the fruit first - not after,
and ideally only have one variety at a time.

Fruit & Physical Exercise

Fruit is the ideal food for exercise.
The best post workout snack or meal is not muffins,
yogurt, or protein shakes, but fresh fruit.
Runners and other athletes have long known
that there is nothing better than high-water content,
sweet fruit, such as oranges or melons,
after a workout.
They contain enough water to hydrate the body
and their natural sugars are quickly utilized
for energy production.

Regular physical activity improves insulin sensitivity,
which is the effectiveness of insulin
in transporting sugar to your cells.
In other words, if you exercise,
you’ll be able to utilize fruit sugar
a lot better and will be less likely to experience
‘sugar swings’ and blood sugar fluctuations.

Is Fruit Alkaline or Acid Forming?

It has been known for a long time that fruit
is one of the most alkaline forming foods there is.
Even if it is acid to the taste, like oranges,
after digestion the end result is alkaline-forming.

However, some authors have recently claimed the contrary.
According to Dr. Robert Young,
author of “The pH Miracle,”
fruit is acid-forming due to its high sugar content.
He then goes on to explain his unproven theory
that the sugar in fruit ferments and produces acidity
in the body.

Dr. Robert Young is completely mistaken on this point.
Fruit is alkaline-forming, even if it contains sugar.
The natural sugar that fruit contains
is perfectly utilized by the body
and doesn’t necessarily ferment to produce acidity.
The fact is that fruit diets have been used
for hundreds of years to combat acidosis.
People go on grape cures, oranges cures, etc.,
and it helps to eliminate excess acidity in their bodies.
It has been known for hundreds of years
by naturopaths and Natural Hygienists
and other health practitioners,
both traditional and alternative,
that fruit is alkaline forming -
and that fact is not at all challenged
by the nonsensical theories of Dr. Young
about fruit being acid-forming.


Fruit & Minerals

Some authors now recommend that we should avoid eating
a lot of fruit because it doesn’t contain enough minerals.
According to them, fruit grown today
with modern agricultural methods,
even when it’s organic,
doesn’t contain enough minerals.
They recommend that we eat more vegetables instead.

But do these people realize that if fruit grown today
has less minerals than it used to have,
then vegetables, which are grown in the same soil,
have less minerals too?
Are they suggesting that we eat fewer vegetables too?
Then we shouldn’t eat anything at all?
Common sense warns us against such advice.
Fruit grown today still contains minerals
and is still packed with vitamins.
The solution is not to stop eating fruit,
but rather to seek out the best-quality fruit
we can find. Fruit is still essential in the diet
as it provides natural sugars for energy
and is still the best source of vitamins.


Is fruit too hybridized?

Many authors now claim that we should avoid fruit
because it is too hybridized.
According to them, hybridized fruit
contains too much sugar.
Let’s look at those arguments for a minute.
The process of hybridization is a natural one.
There is nothing wrong there.
What humans have done is the same that nature
has done for thousands of years.
We have selected the seeds from the best-tasting fruits
and planted those seeds
instead of the seeds of inferior fruits.
The same process of hybridization and seed selection
has been done for all vegetables,
such as tomatoes, lettuce, etc.,
so that today all the food that we buy
has been hybridized for hundreds of years.

Problems arise when fruits are hybridized
for purely commercial reasons.
For example, we have witnessed the arrival
of seedless fruits in the marketplace
in the last few years.
These fruits have been hybridized extensively
solely in order to produce a fruit of inferior
nutritional quality but with other qualities
that the market is looking for (such as a seedless fruit). With that in mind, I totally agree with the hybridization detractors who have launched a war against seedless grapes and watermelons. Those fruits are certainly of inferior quality.

In the future,
we can hope that humanity will come back to its senses
and grow food with exceptional taste
and nutritional value,
not food with certain cosmetic aspects
that the market seeks.

In the meantime, we will still have to buy
the best fruit that we can find.
By eating a large variety of foods,
we can still ensure a complete nutritional balance
on the foods that we find in the stores.

And the fact that these fruits contain a lot of sugar
is certainly not a problem,
unless one decides to eat only fruit
, which I do not recommend.
Fruit sugar is utilized perfectly by the body
and is the most natural source of energy we can consume.
As long as we eat whole fresh fruit
with all of its natural water and fiber,
that fruit sugar is not going to be a problem.

Of course, I would not recommend
that you base your diet on one fruit, such as bananas.
I believe in eating a large variety of foods.
Bananas are of no more importance in the diet
than kiwis or blueberries.
I believe in eating according to the season
and not eating one food, such as bananas, every day
- even though they may be available all year round.


Is fruit too high in sugar?

The body needs natural sugar as a source of energy.
When starchy foods such as potatoes and bread are eaten,
the digestive enzymes break down complex sugar (starch)
into simpler sugars.
When fruit is eaten,
the body uses the simple sugars (fructose or others)
directly, without needing to break them down any further.
However, this is not like eating refined sugar.
In the case of refined sugar,
the food is devoid of nutrients and fiber.
Thus, the sugar enters the blood quickly
and is not slowed down by the process of digesting fiber.
Plus, the calories found in sugar are “empty”
because they do not provide any vitamins or minerals.
Fruit, on the other hand, is a nutrient-dense food.
Which means that for every calorie it provides,
it also gives many micro-nutrients -
vitamins and minerals.

If you cut out most sweet fruit (sugar)
and most or all complex carbohydrates (starch),
then you will need to get your calories
from other sources - protein or fat.
It is difficult to get a lot of calories from protein,
and high-protein diets are generally recognized
to be harmful for health.
So what will happen inevitably
is that you’ll end up eating large amounts of fats.
The consequences of eating a high-fat diet
are well-researched.
(See Klaper, McDougall, Fuhrman, Barnard, etc.)

Most leading vegetarian and vegan experts
recommend a diet with about 10-15% of the calories
coming from fat.
Certainly, no credible health expert
would recommend a diet with more than 20-25%
of the calories coming from fat.

But many raw-food enthusiasts are not aware of this.
They live on a very high-fat diet.
They eat raw nut butters, nut pates, refined oils,
flax crackers, etc.
They’ll make a salad with 2-3 avocados thrown in there
(sometimes more!), and the bag of macadamia nuts
becomes their comfort food.
On average, they get more than 50% of their calories
from fat, often up to 70%. Without a doubt,
such a large amount of fat in the diet
is extremely unhealthy
and is the main reason why most people fail on those diets.

An unfortunate side-effect of that unhealthy diet
is that they can no longer handle sweet fruit.
It has been proven that high-fat diets
decrease insulin sensitivity
(the effectiveness of insulin
in carrying sugar to the cells),
and thus raise blood sugar levels.

1 So those living on high-fat diets
, that is, most raw-foodists,
will inevitably experience more blood sugar swings
when they eat fruit.
So the problem is not the fruit per se,
but the high amounts of fat consumed.
Once you substantially reduce the amount of fat
that you eat, by eliminating all oils
and reducing the quantities of avocados,
nuts, and other fatty foods,
your body will be able to process
and utilize fruit sugar much more efficiently.

With the knowledge that the primary source of fuel
for the human body is natural sugar,
the concept of fruit having “too much” sugar
becomes illogical.
The only way you can consume too much sugar
in the form of fruit would be to overeat,
which is difficult to achieve
when eating high-water content fruit.

A fruit based diet - what is it?

A fruit-based diet would be where you would get most
of your calories from sweet fruit.
That means at least 50% of your calories from fresh fruit.
Does that sound like a lot?
I’ve designed for you some seasonal fruit menus
that come out to about 1000 calories each.
Remember that I’m not suggesting that you eat this fruit
all at once.
It could be throughout the day.
I’m giving you examples so you can get an idea
of how much fruit it takes to account for 1000 calories
. So for a person needing 2000 calories per day,
that would account for half of their caloric intake.

And remember how enjoyable and vitamin-packed
all that fruit is!
I’m also giving you an idea as to which nutrients
are being met by eating all that fruit everyday.
I did the values for myself
(5 10, male, 28 years old), so it is approximate.


1000 calories of fruit is about:

A big bowl of cherries (about 50 cherries): 250 calories
1 pint of strawberries (100 calories)
15 apricots (250 calories)
3 mangoes (400 calories)

(That fruit, by the way, will provide 750% of your vitamin
C, 385% of your vitamin A, 125% of your vitamin E,
110% of your vitamin B-6,
as well as good amounts of magnesium (42%),
phosphorus (42%), iron (65%), calcium (23%),
thiamin (63%), riboflavin (77%), niacin (55%),
and folate (55%))

1000 calories of fruit is about:

4 bananas (435 calories)
3 large oranges (250 calories)
2 pomegranates (200 calories)
1 large apple (125 calories)

(That fruit will provide 612.48% of your vitamin C,
268.04% of your vitamin B-6,
as well as a good amount of vitamin E (49.72%),
folate (70%), niacin (30%), iron (33%),
and calcium (27%), phosphorus (30%), and magnesium (52%))

1000 calories of fruit is about:

4 apples (350 calories)
4 large persimmons (475 calories)
2 pears (200 calories)

(That fruit will provide 149.25% of your vitamin A,
158.57% of your vitamin C,
as well as good amounts of vitamin E (73%),
thiamin (30%), riboflavin (26%), vitamin B-6 (76%),
iron (28%), phosphorus (27%), and magnesium (27%))

1000 calories of fruit is about:

1 large cantaloupe (285 calories)
1 pound of fresh figs (350 calories)
2 cups of grapes (225 calories)
2 apples (165 calories)

(That fruit will provide 265.73% of your vitamin A,
7977.1% of your vitamin E(!),
670.51% of your vitamin C,
289.11% of your thiamin, and 152.89% of your vitamin B-6,
as well as good amounts of riboflavin (30%),
niacin (36%), folate (39%), iron (30%), calcium (28%),
and magnesium (30%))


Fruit and your Teeth

It has long been known by dentists
that fresh fruit doesn’t encourage tooth decay.
Even though fruit contains sugar,
it is generally not a problem
because nature has packed a lot of fiber and water
along with that natural sugar.
The combined effect of fiber and water rinses
and cleans the mouth.
With that in mind, we can clearly see the danger
of dried fruit and fruit juice.
With dried fruit, the water has been removed.
Because of that, dried fruit will stick to your teeth
and gums, greatly encouraging tooth decay and gum disease.
Many perfectly healthy teeth
have been ruined by the daily consumption of raisins,
dates and other dried fruits. With fruit juice,
the water is still present,
but the fiber has been removed.
You then end up with a product
more concentrated in acids and sugar.
If the fruit juice is sipped and not drunk at once,
it will encourage tooth decay.
The fiber is no longer present to clean the teeth.
This has long been known by preventative dentists,
who have blamed apple juice for ruining the teeth
of many of our children.

Acids in fruits can have a negative impact on the teeth
and contribute to enamel erosion and decay.
That goes especially for the citrus fruits
and unripe fruits.
For that reason, and also the fact
that many of us are prone to tooth decay,
I highly recommend rinsing your mouth with water
after eating fruit.


Eating Fruit Only

With any good thing,
there always seems to be someone
to take it to the extreme.
With fruit eating, which is certainly a good thing,
we have seen the rise of the “fruitarian movement,”
a group of diet extremists
who have been claiming for years that since fruit
is an ideal food, it is all we should eat.
A noted fruitarian theorist of the past is T.C. Fry,
a productive author who influenced
today’s health movement more than any other man.
T.C. Fry certainly made his contribution to the world,
and it is because of him more than anyone else
that the raw-food movement is so alive today.
However, T.C. was also an eccentric character.
His initial sensible diet theories
eventually evolved into pure fruitarianism.
Although T.C. was not able to live off fruit alone himself
, he claimed for years that this was possible
and considered it the ideal diet.

Every credible nutrition expert knows that living on fruit alone will deteriorate health. That doesn’t mean that fruit is not healthy. Eating green vegetables only will also prove to be unsustainable - but that doesn’t change the fact that green vegetables are healthy food.
Non-Sweet Fruit

In this article I have used the culinary definition
of fruit: sweet fruits.
Of course, anyone with a little knowledge of botany
knows that in nature, not all fruits are sweet.
Cucumbers, squash, eggplant (aubergine),
and tomatoes are all examples of non-sweet fruits.
However, for the purpose of clarity
in nutritional information,
those fruits are best classified as vegetables


Eating More Fruit

A great way to eat more fruit
is to make fresh fruit smoothies.
Smoothies need not to be complicated to be tasty.
For example, I like to blend bananas with water
and have that as a smoothie.
When I make that smoothie,
I will blend a few bananas with about 1 cup of water
and drink it after my exercise session.
I also like blending mangoes with other fruits.
For example, mango blended with papaya or peaches
is amazingly delicious.
To that I sometimes add a little spirulina powder
to make it green!

Frozen bananas go pretty well
in all sorts of fruit smoothies.
Try, for example, blending a few frozen bananas
with a little water and some fresh berries.
You’ll be amazed by the taste.

I hope that this article will encourage you
to incorporate more fresh fruit into your diet.
In conclusion, remember the following formulas:

Fresh fruit + more exercise + less grains and refined foods
= better health and energy

Less fat + more fruit + more green vegetables
= even better health and energy

A good diet + a balanced mind + fun - extremism
= unexpected benefits

For more information on fruits
and their nutritional qualities,
consult my book The Sunfood Cuisine.

See Eat to Live, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
(Little Brown),
and Breaking the Food Seduction,
by Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D.
(St. Martin’s Press)


for more articles about going raw sensibly
by Frederic and recipes go HERE

Add This Entry To Your CureZone Favorites!

Print this page
Email this page
DISCLAIMER / WARNING   Alert Webmaster

CureZone Newsletter is distributed in partnership with

Contact Us - Advertise - Stats

Copyright 1999 - 2019

0.328 sec, (2)

Back to blog!
Add Blog To Favorites!
Add This Entry To Favorites!

Comments (21 of 28):
Re: Kool Kitchen G… psalm… 5 y
Re: "Karmuppance" chiront… 8 y
Re: "Karmuppance" chiront… 8 y
Re: Restore Vision… fuggl… 10 y
Re: Scoop on Poop … ram d… 10 y
Re: Scoop on Poop … 3HO-A… 12 y
Psychic Vampires grandmaA 13 y
cool!! 2dreem 13 y
Fantanstic Work! n… norri… 13 y
It could have been… Wrenn 13 y
My dear Ami... #48222 13 y
Awesome!! M.O.G. 13 y
"Karmuppance" #59694 13 y
yes do !! i love t… Wrenn 13 y
OMG! panting OMG! Dazzle 13 y
lol ! check out th… Wrenn 13 y
Re: see In the Raw… Dazzl… 13 y
see In the Raw blo… Wrenn 13 y
Wow! Dazzle 13 y
Ravishing recipes! Dazzle 13 y
great before and a… final… 13 y
All Comments (28)

Blog Entries (12 of 88):
Sprouts: EZ Grow Tips/Seeds/…  14 y
Full Spectrum Lighting  14 y
Let's Get Fruity! Real Facts!  14 y
Raw Foods Safe Storage Tips  14 y
A Tricycle Built For Me  14 y
Raw Fruit/Juice Smoothies YUM!  14 y
Restore Vision w/Schizandra,…  14 y
Sexy Schizandra herb vigor,h…  14 y
Raw Fats !! Learn Facts  14 y
Fanatics in the Raw  14 y
Raw Dressings Recipes  14 y
Raw Food Dips + Sauces Recipes  14 y
All Entries (88)

Blogs by Wrenn (9):
Muse Du' Zemo  14 y  (34)
Wind Whispers : Detox Guides  13 y  (28)
Teas Me : Healing Teas  14 y  (14)
Mayan Galactic Alchemy  14 y  (13)
Eye Of Newt : Beauty Tips  14 y  (10)
Crystal Companions  13 y  (5)
Inner Space : Heart Talk  14 y  (5)
Waking Girl  13 y  (4)
Energized Conscious Living  13 y  (4)

Similar Blogs (3 of 185):
Movies  by prilifigh  3 y
30 Days Water fast,…  by gcaracas  10 y
In The Flow  by Dreamz  14 y
All Blogs (1,019)

Back to blog!

Purest Body Products
Sanctum Pure Body Products are so pure you could eat them (no gua...

Your Ad Here
Place your ad here !

Makeing High PPM Silver
Making Hundreds of Bottles of Lower PPM in a few hours of Coll...

Lugol’s Iodine Free S&H
J.Crow’s® Lugol’s Iodine Solution. Restore lost reserves.

Kidney Stones Remedy
Hulda Clark Cleanses

Better Than Colonics. Period.
Oxygen Detoxification for both small and large intestine...