Many vegans switch to, or sometimes try to follow, a fruitarian diet. Which are their reasons? Is this for health or for some ethical reason?


According to Wikipedia there are several reasons to consider a fruitarian diet:

  • Religion

Some fruitarians who espouse Judeo-Christian beliefs hold that fruitarianism was the original diet of humankind in the form of Adam and Eve, based on an uncommon interpretation of the Book of Genesis 1:29.[12] They believe that a return to an Eden-like paradise will require simple living and a holistic approach to health and diet.

  • Non-violence principle (ahimsa)

Some fruitarians wish, like Jains, to avoid killing anything, including plants, and refer to ahinsa fruitarianism.

  • Utopian / idealistic past fixation

Some fruitarians hope being to return to a past that predates an agrarian society, to when humans were simply gatherers.

  • Detoxification (detox)

another common motivation is the desire to eliminate perceived toxicity within the body

I think this is the primary cause for going fruitarian. Detox diets have raised concerns due to conjunction between popularity and risk. (article)

  • Challenging

The appeal of a fruitarian diet comes from the challenge that the restrictive nature of this diet provides.

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