It has been my pleasure and privilege to have had a beautiful connection with fruit over the past 24 years. After attending a talk about the benefits of fruit diet, in 1990, I was interested to find out more about the advantages of eating a fruit-based diet, and so my journey of discovery began. Along the way, I discovered that humans have a wonderful symbiotic relationship with fruit; the fruit bearing plant provides us with a delicious and nutritious foodstuff and in return we help spread the plant’s seeds. This win-win connection really appealed to me and I felt a deep appreciation for the luscious food I was given; and in return I try to plant many of the seeds from the fruit that I eat.
Ripe fruits, which are edible to humans, have very little toxins in them, and therefore they form an ideal food for man. Fruits are also easily digested, and nutrient rich. In addition, fresh ripe fruits are full of valuable micro-nutrients, such as anti-oxidants and vitamins, which help to reverse oxidation damage to the body’s cells and also help strengthen and fortify the immune system.
Therefore, fruit not only helps protect us from illness but it also helps to fight against ageing and cellular damage one of the beautiful aspects of health and fruit is that fruit growing does not just benefit the health of the individual, it helps the local community and the planet. Environmental reasons, are also an important factor in why many choose to follow the fruity path.
Eating fruit is a great way to encourage the planting of more trees. One mature fruit tree can absorb as much carbon dioxide as a car driven for 26,000 miles, so planting fruit trees is a great way to offset your carbon footprint. Two mature fruit trees can also provide enough oxygen each year for a family of four.
Fruit growing is also an extremely efficient use of land, in terms of food production; an acre of banana plants can produce up to 24,000lb of food per year, and an acre of avocado trees can produce up to 10,000lb of food per year.
Fruit trees also help to hold the soil structure together; and tree roots encourage healthy levels of calcium in the soil through microbial action, because the roots provide a perfect environment for many species of fungi that change calcium into a form that can be assimilated by plants. In addition, many fruit eaters find that nearly all their refuse can be composted and so much less waste ends up going into landfill sites.
Planting fruit trees and bushes therefore has many environmental benefits for the local community; more fruit trees in the area can improve air quality, increase oxygen levels, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and feed people in an effective and sustainable way. So by eating more fruit, we not only improve our own health but we can enhance both our local and our global environment.
Fruit really does love us back!
This article is proudly brought to you courtesy of Mewsum Wong of Raw Food Asia.
Anne Osborne has lived on a fruit diet for over 20 years. She has published her own book entitled ‘Fruitarianism The Path to Paradise’ in 2009.