is a fundamental feeding pattern implying one
nourishes oneself completely with edible parts of plant fruits.
In this context as “plant fruits” are regarded all kinds of plant products, that either are, or carry one or more of the plant’s seeds.
Thus the fruitarian food range in principle contains all kinds of fruit (sweet or sour plant fruits, like apples, pears, etc.), all kinds of edible plant seeds, including nuts, grains, pulses and kernels), as well as all kinds of edible fruit vegetables (like tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans, etc.), but no other kinds of vegetables (leafs, roots, or stems of plants (like spinach, carrots, resp. rubarb)), nor any animal food products (like meat, fish, milk products, eggs).
“Fruitarianism” = “Fructarianism“
As can be seen from the above Fruitarianism doesn’t mean that one feeds oneself completely with fruit, but with fruits.
(The word Fruit stands for (just) the edible kinds of plant fruits that taste sweet or sour, so that for instance nuts and fruit-vegetables like tomatoes are not included in that word).
Now to avoid the risk that misunderstandings in this respect occur (more often), in itself the name “Fructarianism” is a more fitting one for this feeding principle than “Fruitarianism” as it is derived from Fructus, which is the Latin word for plant fruit, whereas in this way there’s no association with fruit any more.
Therefore one can count with the fact that in the future in stead of “Fruitarianism”, “Fructarianism” will be used more and more as the name of the relevant feeding principle.
Motives for Fructarianism
1) By far the most occurring reason why one turns to a fructarian feeding pattern is the moral conviction, that one shouldn’t take the life of other creatures, or damage their well-being, in order to feed oneself. Also possible is that one more intuitively simply doesn’t want or prefers not to do so.
In case one has this conviction or this wish, for that reason one doesn’t eat any animals, any animal products (eggs, milk), nor any (vital parts of) plants (leafs, stem, roots).
(Fruits are no vital parts of the plant, but plant products, that have no function relevant to the plant’s well being or life, so that (on condition they’re suffinciently ripened), they can be picked off, without harming the plant in any way.)
(More about this subject on the special page “What fructarians don’t eat” (temporarily not available).
2) The conviction or opinion that one in principle should only use the kind of food, that naturally is available for humans.
In that case one in principle only eats plant fruits that are edible rawly.
For all other kinds of food can only be obtained and/or made edible by use of unnatural means.
(Naturally for instance a human cannot eat fishes, for the simple reason that he cannot catch them with his hands or his teeth. Nor can he catch, kill and eat (rawly) a cow, a pig, a chicken, etc. with his bare hands resp. with just his teeth).
3) In some cases health reasons lead to a (whether or not temporary) choise for the fructarian feeding pattern. For in this way the constant addition and in many a case accumulation of especcially saturated fats, (of which the causal relation with health problems like obesitas, cancer, heart diseases, vescular diseases and diabetes is widely recognized), is reduced strongly, especcially in case one settles on the raw-food variant of fruitarianism.
Fruits namely in general contain relatively little fat and as far as they do it is unsaturated fat, which in principle has no negative effects on health, but on the contrary is very healthy and one of the best (for one of the few completely natural) energy supplyers there are.
But also in case one does eat cooked or otherwise heated fruits (for instance apple sauce, marmelade or syrup), the quantity of saturised fat one gets in is much less than in case one also eats animal food and vegatables that have to be cooked or heated otherwise, before they’re edible.
Especcially in case of following the fructarian principle permanently, in nowadays usual circumstances there are a few things one has to take good care of in health respect.
One is the balance between intake and use of energy, and another one is suppletion of B12-vitamins.
As for the first mentioned item: in nowadays very busy society one’s use of body energy generally spoken is much bigger than it is naturally. Therefore one has to on one side try to avoid using more of it than necessary by not doing strenuous things that are not necessary (very good for mental peace) and on the other side eat sufficiently of the kinds of fructarian food, that are known to contain much energy. Especcially most kinds of nuts as well as fruits like avocado’s and olives are known to be very rich of (unsaturised) fat (and so of energy) .
As for the second mentioned item: because (one of) the most natural ways to get one’s daily portion of B12 vitamins (in nowadays usual circumstances is hardly or only partly possible, whereas a still usual unnatural way to get it (eating animal food) is rejected by Fructism, under the given circumstances in most cases it’s important for fructarians to sufficiently use pharmaceutic suppletion of B12 vitamins.
(Link to a sepatate page on the item of vitamin B12 in the context of purely vegetable feeding patterns: xxx .
4) In environmental respect Fructarianism has a number of notable positive facets.
One of them is in the fact that Fructarian food can very well (and mostly even better) be used without being heated one way or another before (for instance cooked), so that feeding oneself the Fruitarians way mostly takes a remarkable smaller quantity of cooking energy and corresponding emission of greenhouse gasses.
Another environmental advantage is in the fact that growing fruits (and other plant food) takes substancially less agricultural ground surface than growing animal food; which in these days of more and more oppressive global overpopulation is a very important fact relevant to the equally oppressive problem of continuous deforestation in the scope of global food supply.
The more the fructarian feeding principle will be adhered to globally, the more agricultural grounds will be covered with edible fruits carrying trees and other plants.
As a result instead of nowadays seemingly endless and monotonous fields covered with potatoe plants, sugar beets or corn, as well as vast treeless meadows, agricultural areas more and more will be paradise like fruitgardens that particularily when blooming in spring will offer a fairy-like view and at the same time fill the air with heavenly fragrances, but also in other seasons will give Earth back a great deal of it’s original paradise character (among other things by carrying their tastfull and in many a case splendid fruits in summer, with their autumny wealth of colours and when snow-white in winter).
5) A fifth motive for becoming and especcially for staying fructarian is in the fact that it uses to bring along very much joy of life.
For then one only eats what one naturally is supposed to eat, so that one stays free from the often heavy stress, eating the still usual mainly unnatural food leeds to.
And moreover, as a result of not eating any species of them (any more), one’s relation to both animals and plants in general becomes more and more amicably, which turns out to be a condition for being able to really enjoy the intense beauty and other pleasant aspects of flora and fauna in one’s environment.
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