From 5 Delicious Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies Everyday.
The most important part of this very short article comes at the end of this from Michael Greger M.D. He reads every study on done on health and lifestyle so we don't have to. When you eat animals, they have to die or get hurt. When you eat plant foods, they have to die or get hurt, but the one exception is fruits. This part of the plant if not eaten comes off of the plant anyway. That is why nuts and seeds are hard fruits. There are over 10,000 edible fruits.
There are no people that eat only meat or grains or only vegetables, but there are people that only eat fruits. They are called fruitarians. The remains (feces) of paleolithic people show that they ate mostly fruits (see video). Also other foods take hours to digest whereas fruits pass through the stomach in about 15 minutes. So it takes a lot less energy to digest fruit. This is why you should eat fruit first. Now here is what Dr. Greger says (this has entire article that also talks about high blood pressure) that is so important to health that it is why I made this article.
On the other hand, eating more whole grains could save 1.7 million lives [in America]. And more vegetables could save 1.8 million lives every year. If only we ate more nuts and seeds, we’d save 2 and a half million lives. But fruit is apparently what the world needs most (they didn’t look at beans) with 4.9 million lives hanging in the balance every year. The cure is not drugs or vaccines; the cure is fruit. The #1 dietary risk factor for death in the world may be not eating enough fruit.
Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.
Ancient dietary practices based on analyzing the fiber content of fossilized human waste can give us insights for combatting the modern obesity epidemic. Isn’t that a really fascinating mechanism? All along I was thinking of fiber more from just an energy density perspective, but the appetite-suppressing hormones are a whole new frontier. That underscores the urgency of the fact that 96% of Americans don’t even reach the recommended minimum intake of fiber. This video shows that our paleo or paleolithic ancestors ate mostly fruit according to analysis of their fossilized human waste.
Coronary heart disease, our #1 cause of death, was found to be almost non-existent in a population eating a diet centered around whole plant foods. This also shows that before foods like candy bars existed they did not have tooth brushes and dental floss There were also no cavities.
See Fruits are the Best Tasting and Healthiest Foods.