Fruitarian Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

Fruitarianism: The path to paradise is written by Anne Osborne who is a long term fruitarian. For eighteen years Obsorne has eaten only fruit and has also raised her two children on a fruit diet.

Osborne says that she wrote this book to share her personal experiences about a fruit diet and she claims that she does not profess to know which diet or lifestyle is the best for everyone.

Fruitarian Diet Basics

Osborne believes that the natural diet of humans is one based on fruit and supports her statements with comparative analysis charts that show how human anatomy relates to other species.

Osborne says that when we live on fruit alone it is vitally important to eat the highest quality fruit. She believes that when fruit is of excellent quality it can give us everything we need in order for our bodies to be healthy.

Osborne brings our attention to fruits high in calcium (figs and oranges) as well as those high in iron (prunes, watermelon, dates, raisins and apricots). She recognizes that a fruit diet may be low in minerals unless it consists of top quality, wild, organic fruits and berries.

In these situations she says that the solution is either to improve the quality of the fruit or to add good quality green vegetables to the diet. She also believes that green vegetables can have a role in healing and well being and states that if you are attracted to them in their natural state, without salad dressing or other methods of preparation, then they are most likely a good food for you.

Osborne recommends the use of avocados as a transitional food, in colder climates, as well as for those who are underweight. She does not recommend eating seeds because many of them contain chemicals that are poisonous to the human body. She believes our role is to eat the fruit and scatter the seeds so that a new tree can grow and provide us with nourishment.

Fruitarianism includes chapters on raising fruitarian children, cleansing, juice fasting and sunlight as well as entire chapters devoted to many individual fruits.

Recommended Foods

Apples, oranges, blueberries, melon, durian, chocolate sapote, kiwi, longan, pineapple, pomegranate.

Sample Diet Plan



Morning Snack




Afternoon Snack




Exercise Recommendations

Osborne says that “exercise and a healthy diet are inseparable if we truly want to flourish”. She highlights the benefits of exercise to improve appetite, increase circulation, enhance the function of the lymphatic system and allow us to appreciate a better quality of life.

Costs and Expenses

Fruitarianism: The path to paradise is available on the author’s website for $27 AUD.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.


  • Eating more than five serves of fruit a day is associated with a reduced risk of cancer.
  • Food preparation is easy.
  • Fruit is easy to digest.
  • Includes tips on how to select the best fruit.
  • Beneficial for the environment.


  • Most people will develop nutritional deficiencies on a fruitarian diet.
  • Does not provide adequate protein or essential fats.
  • Deficient in many important vitamins and minerals including vitamin B12, zinc and selenium.
  • May be expensive to buy the large quantities of fruit that are required.
  • Not very appealing in a cold climate.
  • May be socially alienating.
  • Book is not available in stores.


Fruitarianism: The Path to Paradise provides unique information about fruit and the fruitarian diet and will appeal to those who are interested in raw food and cleansing diets. It is however vitally important for readers to be aware that it is extremely difficult to maintain health on a fruit diet as many essential nutrients are missing or in short supply.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Nikky

    I actually like this but not complete fruit overhaul. I swapped my Alpen Muesli) with fruits and then I eat a lil bit of cabs such as brown rice and spinach with other veges and a piece of chicken. I’m going to try and seeif I can succeed at the gym with a diet of just fruits and natural yoghurts and a bit of carbs in the evening with some meat. X x

  • susan

    Interesting diet change! I am going to try it, but modify it with other types of fruits. Perhaps including a cup or two of fortified coconut milk and add some squash, cucumbers, and other veggies that are actually fruits,

  • someone

    path to tooth decay

    • Chris

      You don’t brush your teeth? I do.

  • DePaw


    Breast milk is 1% protein, 6.9% carbohydrate and 4.4% fat by weight, or 5.6% protein, 38.8% carbohydrate and 55.6% fat by calories. So breas tmilk is anything but low-fat!

    An infant weighing 5kg/11lbs needs 700 calories; this is ~64 calories per pound. A 150lb adult may need 2000 calories, or ~13 calories per pound. The infant’s energy requirements are almost five times that of an adult’s on a per weight basis, so the 5.6% percentage calories as protein is deceptive.

    700 calories at 5.6% protein = 39.2 calories from protein, which is 9.8g protein per 11 pounds, this is 0.89g protein/lbs. In an adult weighing 150lb, this would be 134 grams of protein! So actually infants get a huge amount of protein for their size.

    Also that 700 calories of breast milk has 140mg of cholesterol, and using our 11lb infant versus our 150lb adult, this is 1909mg of cholesterol on a per weight basis! So babies get a lot of dietary cholesterol too.

    Conclusion: fruit only looks like breast milk if you don’t factor in the size of who’s eating it.

    • Biff

      Infants eat 700 calories per 11 pounds. This would mean a 150 pound person would eat over 9,500 calories if they required the same amount of calories per pound that an infant does. When considering this, would you like to retract your statement about protein. I won’t even mention that infants experience tissue growth (and therefore require more dietary protein) faster than even the most dedicated gym rat whose jacked on roids.

    • Satheian

      Most muscle building plans will advocate a minimum of 1g protein per lb of lean body mass just to maintain muscle mass during moderate workouts (and more if you want to ‘bulk up’) so 134g of protein is not unreasonable for you average healthy, active adult.
      134g protein is equal to about three 6oz servings of beef, or 4-5 servings of chicken.

  • Anabel

    Estoy de acuerdo con la dieta de comer mucha fruta, pero tengo entendido que cuando el cuerpo esta más enfermo es mejor comer más vegetales crudos que frutas ya que el cuerpo no tiene tanta energía para digerir la cantidad de ácidos que tiene la fruta (I agree with the diet of eating lots of fruit, but I have understood that when the body is sicker is better to eat more raw vegetables than fruits because the body does not have much energy to digest the amount of acid in the fruit)

  • Elaine

    no importa si no encuentra el libro. solo coma frutas y de vez en cuando legumbres y verduras crudas es lo mejor que podes hacer (no matter if it finds the book. eat only fruit and occasionally pulses and raw vegetables is the best thing you can do)

  • mary

    quisiera q me dijeran donde puedo encontrar el libro q no lo encuentro,y quisiera probar la dieta gracias

    (I would like to tell me where I can find the book can not find it, and I would try the diet)

  • Jace

    I think this sounds interesting. I have the book thanks to my aunt. I may have to try this.

  • zoe

    “■Does not provide adequate protein or essential fats”

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE. Human breast milk is only 0.8-0.9% protein n the baby is growing very rapidly at this stage than any other stages of your life. Since the baby only requires 0.8-0.9% of protein, we do not need so much protein from animal products at all.

    And fruit is only 5% protein which is more than enough.

    Fat content in human breast milk is only 4.5% fat.

    But most of us are overfat n too much fat in the diet is obviously very unhealthy

    Bottom line: as long as u eat enough fruit, u will never suffer from protein or fat deficiency.

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