Not really. They're almost universally excellent
and healthy, and they provide the bulk of the
calories you eat on a healthy
raw food diet.
The simple sugars of fruit, in the form of
glucose and fructose, fuel every cell in the body
and give you the energy you need to function at
your best. They are full of potassium, a key
component of electrolyte balance, and provide more
vitamins per calorie than any other food type.
Home to the banana, one of the world's most
popular fruits, the sweet fruit category is full
of foods high in nutrient density and posessing
enough fuel to carry you through your day-to-day
life and even the most intense exercise regime.
There are some amazing fruits in this category.
Ever bite into a lucious ripe persimmon and feel
it burst apart in your mouth?
Sweet fruit combines well with all fruits except
acid fruits and melons. They also combine well
with leafy greens and celery.
Acid fruits taste great, are usually quite high in
water content, and tend to be low in calories.
Anyone in a hurry to lose weight should fill up on
low-calorie acid fruit like oranges and grapefruit
instead of more calorie-dense fruit like bananas.
With the exception of sweet fruits, they combine
well with all fruits, celery and leafy greens.
Many people find that melons should not be
combined with other fruit to avoid "melon belly".
Others have limited success combining them with
certain other high-water fruits and vegetables. Be
your own judge.
Fat is present in all fruits and vegetables, but
in a low percentage for most. Eschewing overt
fats, someone living on fruits and vegetables
might average three to five percent of their
calories from fat.
Most raw foodists, however, consume a far fattier
diet. Durians are 20-30 percent fat. Avocados are
70 percent or more, depending on the variety.
Coconut meat is about 80 percent fat.
These raw fats are fine in small quantities, but
averaged over the course of a year they should
fall into your diet in a proportion below 10
percent of total calories. Some raw foodists
concentrate on fatty fruits and nuts and eat as
much as 75 percent of their diet from fat, but
that's a plan bound to lead to disaster.
If you're aiming for 10 percent, how much fat you
can eat and while staying under your limit will
vary depending on how many calories you burn. For
some, half an avocado every other day works, but
others requiring a lot of fuel could eat one every
If overt fat is eaten, it's best to do so at the
end of the day so energy is not diverted from
exercise or mental tasks to digestion.