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