You remember that scene from Notting Hill where Hugh Grant goes out with a lady who claims to be a ‘Fruitarian’?
“We believe that fruits and vegetables have feeling so we think cooking is cruel. We only eat things that have actually fallen off a tree or bush – that are, in fact, dead already,” she explains.
Jokes aside – a fruitarian diet is actually, a form of veganism where people eat only fruits, seeds and nuts that can be derived from plants without killing it, such as apples and oranges. Carrots and potatoes, however, are off the list.
Going as far back as ancient Egypt, veganism has always been a kind of diet practiced by alternative diet proponents. While vegans will leave no stone unturned when discussing the positive health effects of veganism, meat eaters go out of their way to praise meat as man’s god-given right.
Some of the most popular forms of alternative diets that have stemmed from veganism are:
- Raw Veganism : Only uncooked plant products
- Raw Animal diet: Uncooked animal products
- Fruitarian: Fruits, seeds and nuts
- Juicerian (aka Liquidarian): Juice made from fruits without killing the plant
- Sproutarian: Sprouted seeds
The Diet to Live For
Alternate diets like vegan, fruitarian or raw are all quite popular all over the world with many people even choosing to put their pets on diets that they find are closer to their natural eating habits.
However, we can agree on one thing: no one diet is suitable for everyone. For instance, a raw diet consisting of animal products may not be suitable for someone who is allergic to milk and dairy products, no matter how highly they may think of such a diet.
Before you choose an alternative diet, ensure you do your research because there can be a lot of inaccurate data out there that is presented as fact. You don’t want to end up drinking raw unpasteurized milk only to discover it doesn’t even have the health benefit someone claims it does.
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