Variants of Fructarianism
Fructarian foodstuff in principle is only used raw; that is without any kind of preparation by using heat or fire.
As a consequence of this additional sub-principle several kinds of foodstuff that are a part of the fruitarian food assortment drop out.
A main reason to opt for this variant is in the fact that when foodstuff is used raw, its natural nutritiveness is still intact, among other things because no vitamins inside have been killed or damaged by preparation heat or fire.
In this variant the fructarian foodstuff in principle is only used as far as it is grown the organic way. This mainly implies that no chemical pesticides and no fertiliser have been used, so that there’s no risk that these poisons have got into the fruits after they dissolved in rainwater, which subsequently was sucked up in the ground by the plants roots.
As far as wildly grown fruits are available however, these ones are preferred to organic ones, because nowadays most usual way of growing fruits organically still has some unfruitarian plant and animal unfriendly aspects, like pruning, combatting insects with non-chemical means and fertilising with animal dung coming from (wheter or not factory) farming.
As use of heat, fire, chemical pesticides and fertilizer in practise are not the only factors that cause a more or less serious deterioration of food’s nutritivity, one has to avoid several other factors as well, in case one in principle only wants to use foostuff, of which the natural microbial and molecular structure is perfectly unimpaired.
Those other factors are:
Use of non-chemical pesticides in the cultivation
Use of manure in the cultivation
Addition of microbes killing substances such as salt, vinegar and chemical preservatives
No need to say that the best way to obtain fruits that are free from the effects of all these deteriorating factors is getting wild fruits and consume them straight from the plant.
But as that option mostly is not (always) available, one will have to follow one of the different ways in which one can at least strive to obtain food that is free from as many of the mentioned factors.
The first one is growing, preparing and storing one’s food oneself with exclusion of the mentioned evil factors. But of course this is not always possible eather.
Furthermore one can search in how far there are (already) (nature) shops, where food is sold that (to a considerable extent) is free from the mentioned effects.
Also one can search for organic farms where no pesticides at all, nor manure is used in the cultivation. In case one can buy one’s food there, one can furthermore exclude the relevant preparation and storing factors oneself.
“Pure-Fructarianism” and more in general “Pure-foodism” look very good, if not the most appropriate names for this striving.
But if others could mention even more appropriate ones, then of course it would be greatly appreciated if they would communicate them.
(Special page about “Pure-Fructarianism”: xxx )
Possible additional wishes
Mainly for environmental reasons one can strive to use fruits that to the greatest extent are grown nearby, so that it didn’t have to be transported over a long distance. (“Locavorism”)
Also one can strive to use fruits that have been grown in an as plant friendly way as possible; that is without pruning, weeding and premature killing of the fruit-bearing plants.
Of course it’s very well possible to combine two or more of these variants, so that their specific virtues cummulate.
(As a result one can for instance opt for “Raw-Organic-Frucarianism”).
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