Raw-Fructarianism is a feeding principle implying
one nourishes oneself completely with edible parts of plant fruits that haven’t been prepared by use of heat or fire, nor in any other way that changes their natural inner structure.
As the name already shows Raw-Fructarianism is a variant of Fructarianism;
it has the special property of implying the additional proviso that the fructarian foodstuff one uses in principle is only eaten raw and so with retention of its natural inner structure.
This means that those fruits, that use to be eaten after having been prepared by use of heat or fire, only belong to the Raw-Fructarian food assortment as far as they are or can be made raw edible.
These fruits mainly are:
– Several (other) kinds of plant seeds,
There are several ways in which these rawly hardly edible fruits can be made raw edible anyway:
– Cereals, beans and peas can be grinded, after which the meal can be mixed in dishes;
– Several kinds of grains can also be soaked, after which they either are grinded, or mixed in dishes wholly;
– Stringbeans can be broken in peaces or frittered and then mixed in dishes (like salads);
– (Other) edible plant seeds (e.g. linseed, poppy seed) can be grinded, sometimes soaked, as well as mixed wholly.
Nevertheless it has to be said that all by all most of these fruits naturally are not edible, whereas in respect to a few of them sometimes is said that in their raw shape they can contain one or more substances that have a certain degree of toxicity for humans; as a result also as a raw-fructarian one may hold as a basic-rule that one only uses them as far as one really needs supplementation of their special nutritive values.
Why in principle only raw?
1) The by far most prominent reason is nutritional health.
The main cause of this aspect is considered to find itself in the fact that food of which the natural inner (microbial and molecular) structure has not been damaged as a result of exposure to fire or by heat, can exercise its tasks inside the body perfectly and without adverse effects.
2) As good as no energy is needed for preparation, which brings conciderable environmental advantages.
3) No (gigantic amounts of) microbes (like vitamins), that naturally find themselves in food and fuel, are killed in the preparing fire or heat.
Practical aspects of Raw-Fructarianism
The fact that several kinds of plant fruits usually are eaten as good as only after having been prepared by use of heat or fire brings along that several more or less all day foods are renounced:
1) Cereals just raw implies:
No bread, nor other kinds of pastry; no cooked grains like rice, quinoa, etc.; no pasta (vermicelli, etc., made out of cooked cereals) either.
2) Beans only raw implies:
No coffee drinks and no choclate, as both kinds of beans areroasted first. Furthermore no soy products, as soy beans have to be cooked in the manufacturing process. No bean soup either.
3) Peas only raw implies:
No green pea soup.
4) Peanuts only raw implies:
No roasted ones, which are as good as all available in Western stores.
Other all day foods that are prepared by using heat are predominantly made out of plant fruits that can very well be eaten raw.
Of course Raw-Fructism implies that one abstains from these kinds of foods as well:
5) Fruit only raw implies:
No marmelade, no syrup, nor preserved fruit, no appelsauce, no cooking pears, no fruit-sugar, no candy, no fruit lemonade, no fruit juice from concentrate, etc.
6) Tomatoes only raw implies:
No tomato soup, no tomato ketchup, no tomato purée, etc.
1) Raw cereals:
Porridge of cold water and grinded cereals can very well be made tasty by adding sweet fruit and/or peppers; (salt and vinegar are concidered as not fit for making foodstuff spicy, as they kill vitamins, just like heat and fire do; sugar is not used for sweetening, as most if not all kinds are produced by using heat).
2) Raw fruit:
Can of course very well be eaten in its natural (raw) shape, but also shredded, smoothed, etc., after which mixing (also with other kinds of raw fruits) can lead to very tastfull and at the same time nutritious results.
3) Unroasted peanuts:
First of all has to be pointed out that fruitarians in principle refuse eating this kind of pulses, as they use to be harvested in a very plant unfriendly (lethal) way. Theoretically however they can be harvested without harming the plant: by pulling the string to which they are attached out of the ground and
than pick them by hand. But then there still is the fact that in this way ground life there is disordered, whereas many nematodes, that find themselves in the ground attached to the shell, die from dehidration, when the shell is not removed immediately and left behind on the relevant spot. If however
notwithstanding all this eating some peanuts is concidered as necessary, they are eaten unroasted; unroasted peanuts in the Western world as good as only are available as pet food (but can be bought for human consumption as well).
4) Raw ‘fruit-candies’:
Because candy as good as always is cooked stuff, it is incompatible with Raw Fructism. Adherents of this principle however use to have little or no want of sweets, as the fresh fruit they eat plenty of all day contents lots of sugars and
taste deliciously. In case they nevertheless have some need of a sweety, they can always take certain tastfull dry fruits like dates (that have a choclate- like taste), figs, raisins, etcetera.
4) Raw soup:
Gazpacho. (without non-fruitarian ingredients like croutons).
Important health information
Under contemporary circumstances it’s important for those who adhere to a feeding principle that excludes animal food, to be aware of the fact that due to several unnatural causes it is very likely that a shortage of certain nutrients such as vitamins and minerals will develop, unless one knows enough about ways to avoid this.
Abstinence of dairy products for instance can result in a shortage of Calcium, unless one takes care to add sufficiently vegetable suppliers of this mineral, which among others are almonds, figs and sesam seeds.
A particularly problematic kind of vitamins in this context are B12. Nowadays it’s rather difficult to obtain ones daily need (Dietary Reference Intake) of these in a natural vegetable way.
One and another leads to the conclusion that it is advisable for Vegetarians, Vegans, (Raw-) Fructarians and Vivists to firstly exclude the risk of certain nutrient shortages by consuming dietary supplements such as multivitamins, and secondly see in how far this can be made superfluous by firstly consumption of vegetal nutrient suppliers (such as almonds, hazelnuts and sesamseed, all containing even more Calcium than animal milk) and secondly renunciation of known vitamin killers such as salt, vinager, alcohol and (other chemical) preservatives.
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