An all-fruit diet, also called fruitarian diet, comprises acid fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits;, sub-acid fruits, such as apples, cherries and berries; sweet fruits, such as grapes and melons;, oily fruits, such as coconut; and dried fruits, such as dates. An all-fruit diet contains sugar and antioxidants, but is deficient in protein, fat, vitamin B12 and other essential vitamins and minerals and may incur serious risks for diabetics.
Drink a glass of watermelon pomace juice and eat a bowl of mixed melons to start your day with energy. Watermelon pomace juice is the juice from the flesh and rind that may reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome, a disorder involving obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Watermelon rind is rich in the amino acid citrulline that inside your body makes arginine, an amino acid that produces nitric oxide gas, which enables endothelial cells that line the inside of your arteries to relax, increase blood flow and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, according to research by You-Lin Tain published in "Acta Paediatra Taiwanica" in 2007. Research by Guoyao Wu, published in the "Journal of Nutrition" in 2007, discovered that watermelon pomace juice increases arginine levels, reduces blood levels of sugar and fat, and ameliorates dysfunction of arteries in obese rats with type 2 diabetes. The results demonstrate for the first time that watermelon pomace juice increases brown fat, reduces excess white fat, reduces blood levels of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and improves endothelial cellular activity in arteries. Brown fat cells burn calories, whereas white fat cells store fat. Talk with your doctor about consuming watermelon pomace juice if you are diabetic.
For lunch, eat a mixture of sub-acid fruits, such as apples, pears, apricots, peaches and berries. Sub-acid fruits are low glycemic and do not rapidly increase your blood sugar levels. Low glycemic fruits are ideal if you are diabetic. Berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, are high in anti-oxidants, substances that may slow down the aging process and reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.
An orange, tangerine or dried fruits, such as figs and dates, may quell your hunger. Bananas may provide quick energy. Grapefruits are low glycemic and a good choice if you are diabetic. However, grapefruits may interfere with certain types of drugs, such as statins used to reduce cholesterol, according to research by Susanne Mertens-Talcott published in the "Journal of Clinical Pharmacology" in 2006.
For dinner, combine coconut, pineapple, papaya and mango. Research by G. Salil published in "Chemico-Biological Interactions" in 2010 discovered that feeding coconut kernel protein to diabetic rats reversed the damage in insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas associated with diabetes, and reverted blood sugar and insulin cells back to normal. The research concludes that pancreatic beta cell regeneration is due to the arginine content of coconut.
- Diet.com: Fruitarian Diet
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
- "Journal of Chromatography A"; Determination of Citrulline in Watermelon Rind; Rimando, A.M.; Jun 17 2005
- "Acta Paediatrica Taiwanica"; Endothelial Dysfunction Links Cardiovascular Disease to Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease: The Role of Nitric Oxide Deficiency; Tain, Y.L.; Sep-Oct 2007
- "Journal of Nutrition"; Dietary Supplementation with Watermelon Pomace Juice Enhances Arginine Availability and Ameliorates the Metabolic Syndrome in Zucker Diabetic Fatty Rats; Wu, G.; Dec 2007
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