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From: Milo (
Subject:         Thanks Jeff... but please...
Date: January 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Fruit protein and nutrition posted by Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN on January 6, 2010 at 11:13 am:

Thank you Jeff for your honest answer, my curious mind likes to know truth about these topics. The thing is Jeff, how do I know the success rate of these programs long-term you know? I've heard of problems with fruit-based plant diets but also with McDougall kind of diets.

Both follow scientific principles, both are backed more or less by science, natural order or history... I've heard on one side the rationale of raw (please let's not enter into the 100% raw fanaticism), law of similars (anatomy and physiology), observation of primates, etc. and on the other side, the use of CRON to show the superiority of a greens, beans, starches and berries diet scientific-wise.

1. I would like to know your main reasons of why not to follow a fruit based diet like most of our primate relatives do?

2. Is there not enough caloric density?

3. Are they nutritionally flawed?

4. What do we need that is not in the right ratio in fruit?

What I would like to know is the answer to these and similar questions because I believe we're years away of a study that compares what's better a starch-based plant diet or a fruit-based plant diet. I have found pro's and con's in both camps and I would like truth on these topics, more than people defending their own programs because of some kind of irrational or rational fear.

We're talking about our health and our future for generations and I would definitely like to know the reasons why a fruit-based plant diet is not viable. I've read the post you sent me and understand the logic of caloric restriction with less exercise, if there's more you could add to this I appreciate it.

If I'm used to this fruit lifestyle, like and appreciate fruit, would you recommend me to change one meal for starches, two meals for starches or how much to have adequate protein? I'm familiar to CRON and if you instruct me on what the specific objective is I might be able to check how much would be enough for me.

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