Only Fruit Diet – Too Much of a Good Thing?

13 Apr

Is it possible to overdue a diet? That is exactly what happened to film and TV star Ashton Kutcher as he attempted to slim down for a role in an upcoming biopic movie about Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Staying true to the character, Kutcher started a fruit-only diet which the film claims Jobs adhered too. While part of a healthy diet, it appears fruit may not be enough to sustain an active lifestyle. Kutcher was hospitalized with pancreas problems. He doubled over in pain and his pancreas levels were completely out of whack, he told USA Today.

Interestingly enough, the same happened to Jobs. He died in October 2011 from pancreatic cancer.

The fruitarian diet, which as implied by its name, consists of eating only fruit all day every day. It could result in a dietary double-whammy – too much of a good thing. While your body gladly accepts fruit, and in fact nutritionists encourage daily fruit intake, apples, oranges, pears, and bananas are simply not enough to sustain a healthy lifestyle. People also need protein and other essential vitamin and minerals not necessarily found in fruit. Essentially, fruit alone doesn’t provide cells with enough building blocks to maintain your organs, muscles, bone, immune cells and hormones. As a result your body is tossed out of whack which can lead to serious health risks and even starvation.

The moral of this story is simple: Consult an expert before undergoing any special fad diet. Make sure your body is getting the proper nutrients and vitamins it deserves. Too much of one thing can be bad for your health. The old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away may be true , just as long as you add in some fish and vegetables alongside that apple.

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