Eating solely a fruit diet, well, sounds pretty healthy. A plate of fresh antioxidants, phyto-chemicals, fiber and vitamins attracts most looking for optimal health. So how did Ashton Kutcher wind up in the hospital with such colorful fare? Kutcher, by the way, has been researching his new role of Steve Jobs whom he plays in the film “Jobs.” Steve Jobs followed a strict diet of fruit, so Kutcher was doing the same.
Kutcher landed in the hospital with crazy pancreatic levels. Sound familiar? Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Inc was led to death in 2011 from pancreatic cancer. So what about fruity diets? Can they work? Does fruit totally gang up on the pancreas?
The pancreas has a big job to do. It regulates insulin, releasing it when needed. Fruit is a natural sugar. Without protein, the body becomes unstable, so a fruit only diet may heed caution.
Fruitarians are those that eat mostly what comes from trees including nuts and seeds. An all fruit diet can cause deficiencies in the body leading to obsessions, disorders and hunger. A vitamin B12 deficiency is common. There is no B12 in fruit. Fruit tends to wash out crucial nutrients.
Although, some believe that a natural human diet should be base on fruit. Anne Osborne, author of “Fruitarianism: The Path to Paradise”, has lived on fruit for almost 20 years. According to Osborne, fruit must be of highest quality in order to sustain on diet. She recommends eating avocados as well.
Kutcher and Jobs lifestyles’ may be telling us that just like life, our bodies and minds need diversity, harmony and balance in order to thrive. With a combination of texture, flavors and colors, the body does well. Fruit is important, but moderation may be the key.