Could You Be a Fruitarian?

Does eating a dozen bananas a day sound like the kind of diet you could get behind? There is a niche diet growing in popularity, and it is called fruitarianism.

As you might expect from the name, fruitarians dedicate 80 to 100 percent of their diet to consuming exclusively fresh, raw fruit. This includes bananas, pineapple, berries, apples, starfruit, oranges… and any other exotic fruit you can think of. Some fruitarians also consume small quantities of dried fruits along with nuts and seeds. Sounds great, right? What is conspicuously absent from the diets of all fruitarians, however, is animal products, grains and vegetables. Yes, most of the time, they consume no vegetables. It’s the fruit show, all the time.

Raw fruit is primarily composed of glorious, sweet carbohydrates and contains a density of nutrients and antioxidants. So, yes, fruit is a very healthy source of fuel for the body. But is it powerful enough as the body’s sole source of fuel? Fruitarians seem to think so.

Many long-term fruitarians claim improved health and vitality on the diet. Steve Jobs, perhaps the most famous fruitarian, touted its benefits, which die-hard fruitarians are eager to remind non-converts. And the diet certainly boasts some interesting benefits. Interestingly, fruitarians do not have to drink much water. This is because their diets are so water-dense. The simple consumption of juicy fruits keeps their bodies supremely hydrated. There are endurance athletes who thrive off of the fruit diet, which can make you question whether our ideas about consumption of proteins and fats are all backwards. For some of us, the high-carb, low-fat raw fruit diet may give us the energy to thrive.

There are some complications with the fruitarian diet, as you might expect. The human body requires some additional form of fat and protein to function. Hard-core fruitarians have answers for both. They claim that a diverse consumption of fruit contains all the necessary amino acids (protein’s building blocks) broken down into their simplest form. Essentially, this is what results after proteins have undergone the digestion process, so the belief is that fruits deliver the same nutritional results while bypassing digestion, rendering plant or animal protein consumption unnecessary. As for fat, fruitarians look towards the infamous durian, a strange, pungent fruit from southeast Asian which boasts a 30 percent fat content. Along with a handful of other fatty fruits like avocados, consumed in moderation, fruitarians have their answers for the lack of dense fat sources in their diets.

But the human body also requires nutrients that are notoriously absent from fruit, such as iron, calcium and B vitamins. Where do they get that? It is argued that since we lose a high quantity of important minerals and nutrients when we digest proteins and starches, fruitarians don’t lose any in digestion, meaning they get adequate amounts through fruit to support their lifestyle. Even if this were not totally accurate, a simple multivitamin could theoretically take care of missing nutrients. For the elusive B12, an essential vitamin which is mostly found in animal products, things can get a little complicated. A deficiency of B12 can cause havoc in the body, so its important to take into consideration when avoiding animal products. For the fruitarian, supplementation is key.

Additionally, a diet primarily composed of raw fruit is quite high in sugar, no matter how healthy fruit sugars can be. Depending on your body, your insulin levels may get a little imbalanced. Some thrive on the low-fat, high-carb fruit diet, so it seems to depend on how your body handles and processes food. Also, many fruitarians are ultra marathon runners or big on fitness, so it’s probably not great to eat only easily digestible, sugary fruit if you just sit in an office chair all day.

If you are considering trying fruitarianism, know that it’s going to cost you. To get pounds and pounds of the freshest fruit into your body daily could cost you upwards of $50 a day. If you can afford to spend $200-$300 a week feeding yourself, by all means, give fruitarianism a try. Unfortunately, without a bulging wallet or a local Garden of Eden, the majority of us will still have to enjoy our fruit alongside other food groups.

While fruit is good for you, fruitarianism is certainly an extreme. How do you feel about the fruitarian diet? Would you give it a try if given the opportunity? Share below.


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W. C
W. C8 months ago

Thank you.

William C
William C8 months ago


Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago

I don't see how this could be healthy.

Nellie K Adaba
Nellie K Adaba1 years ago

Never heard of these people.

federico bortoletto

Mi piace la frutta ma così è esagerato!!

Marie W.
Marie W2 years ago

Another fad.

Rosa Romero
Rosa Romero2 years ago

I like vegetables! I can understand excluding meat and dairy but this seems a a little extreme...

Danuta Watola
Danuta W2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Joanne p.
Joanne p2 years ago


Lisa M.
Lisa M2 years ago