Balance That Diet!

Eat more fruit and veggies! It’s important for optimal health to eat a balanced diet which involves fruit and vegetables, with wise choices in meats and processed foods.

Fruit and veggies are low in calories, virtually fat-free, and high in fibre and antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals. They are also hydrating! Fruits and veggies can help you lose weight, counter heart disease, and help prevent many serious diseases.

But remember – you can have too much of a good thing.

Popular on the internet are such things as 14 day fruit diets. These are basically shortened version of the fruitarian diet. Now, fruits are an inseparable part of a balanced diet. They’re one of the healthiest types of food there are for the reasons previous stated.

But fruit diets in which you eat little but raw fruit can leave you lacking essential protein and nutrients and raise your blood sugar levels. It can also increase tooth decay for obvious reasons – fruits are high in sugars. It’s suggested that if you eat too much fruit, it makes it harder to drop  junk food for this reason.

The full-on fruitarian diet excludes all animal products, including dairy. Vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds can also be eaten in moderation. You can lose weight on a fruitarian diet, but this may be an illusion – the weight loss may actually be muscle loss.

So it’s important to make sure you eat a range of foods. A fruit and vegetable diet should be balanced.

The fruitarian diet has declined in popularity over time. Today, it’s known that a better approach is the Mediterranean diet or a ‘pescatarian’ diet (a vegetarian diet that includes fish). Both are founded firmly on fruits and vegetables, along with other plant-based foods like nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. Both diets limit dairy and sugar.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical centre that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. They’ve been around since 1921 and they have a great graphic outlining the Mediterranean diet at this link.