Imagine yourself 10,000 years ago, living the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. You didn’t have a lot to worry about back then, except for finding food and avoiding being something else’s food. As the day began, you would scrounge for leftovers or hopefully had stored food. After that, it was time to get on with the hunt and gathering to replenish the stock.
Food would be seasonal depending on where you lived. Lots of plant life in the summer with more of a reliance on meat and seafood in the winter. But no matter where you lived, fruit would be a seasonal encounter, occurring only in the late summer to early fall. Probably about a 6 to 8-week window to indulge on the sweet fruit. And indulge we would, as fruit is a great way to pack in some extra calories to store as fat for the upcoming winter when food may be scarce.
Fruit is the way many plant species spread their seed in a Darwinian attempt to survive. The color of fruit is attractive to animals and insects. Same for the sweetness. Animals, including humans, swallow the seeds in the fruit and “deposit” them somewhere else. You see, the plant uses us to spread their seed in their quest for survival. Knowing this natural phenomenon, it is no surprise Man is told to “be fruitful and multiply” in the book of Genesis.
But fast-forward to present day and fruit consumption is not seasonal, but every day. In just about every grocery store, dozens of varieties are available 365 days per year, imported from all over the world. In fact, government guidelines encourage us to eat fruit every day. I am here to tell you that eating this much fruit is NOT healthy and we need to be smart and cut back.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was, briefly and famously, an ardent fruitarian—meaning he ate a diet composed primarily of fruit, which he believed would cleanse his body of harmful fluids. Unfortunately, this plan did not save Jobs life. Just as famously, the actor Ashton Kutcher tried adopting Jobs fruit-centric diet, until he ended up in the hospital with a pancreatic issue.
For a delicious way to eat fruit and keep the sugar/insulin spike down, try our Organic Superfood Fruit Salad Recipe.
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