"Your Natural diet: Alive Raw Foods"
by T. C. Fry and David Klein
Addressing the charge that fruits are deficient in calcium and fruitarian children have stunted growth and are abnormally small
To explore this charge i made charts of a number of fruits and their compositions. Our fuel needs can be amply met by fruits. Calcium, as well as other nutrients, are components of every gram of fruit. When we need sufficient calories from fruits, how much of our RDA for calcium have we met? The RDA is set at 800 milligrams per day. Of course, we know that this RDA is three or four times too high. For Bantu women in Africa get along very well on 300 to 400 mg of calcium per day and suffer no osteoporosis while their American counterparts may take in 1,000 mg and still suffer osteoporosis (1)!
This is so because so much of the calcium intake in Americans are inorganic as in supplements and deranged to an inorganic state as in cooked foods. Average American eats so many acid-forming foods like meats and grains as to bind, even rob us of much of our calcium intake. Further, the vaunted calcium in milk is mostly unavailable to us because our body is not able to break down the casein and milk has so much phosphorous as to bind it away. And there are really free acids as in vinegars, fermented milks, rotted cheeses, uric acids of meats, phosphoric acids of soft drinks, etc., which also bind lots of calcium and alkaline minerals.
Oranges, when eaten sufficiently to meed caloric needs or about 2,250 calories for a very active 154 pound man, have about 2,050 milligrams of calcium, 2 1/2 times the RDA. Apples have 315 milligrams, apricots 782, cantaloupes 1,078, figs 1,1130 and bananas 224. Be it noted that banana eating societies have exellent bone formation by all standards. Obviously, fruits supply amply our calcium needs.
And the saying that fruit eaters suffer stunted growth does not withstand serious inquiry. Statuesque Greeks were fruit eaters.
Whileit is true that fruit eaters are smaller than their meat-eating, milk-drinking, poison-ingesting counterparts, we must recognize in them the disease called giantism. Our average height today is eight inches more than it was is such ancestors as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, etc. Even seven footers, rather common today, were quite rare a mere 50 years ago.
(1) Read more about the connection of osteoporosis and a high calcium intake here: http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/why-we-should-not-eat-meat/osteoporosis-the-key-to-aging.html