Summary from the book...
Your Natural Diet: Alive Raw Foods
by T. C. Fry and David Klein
Symbiosis is cooperation between dissimilar organisms for mutual benefit. We, as humans, we are symbionts as are thousands of species. Symbionts are cooperators in symbiotic living. It like the relationship between bees and plants.
Bees fly from flower to flower gathering nectar, which they make into food, benefiting the bees. When they land in a flower, the bees get some pollen on their hairy bodies, and when they land in the next flower, some of the pollen from the first one rubs off, pollinating the plant. This benefits the plants. In this mutualistic relationship, the bees get to eat, and the flowering plants get to reproduce.
Humans have a symbiotic relationship with fruit. We are like fruit plant´s biological symbiont. Fruits attract human senses in nature and are gourmet delights in their natural ripened state, which ensures their survival. Also, fruits contain no poisons in the fresh ripened state whereas almost all plants and seeds contain components which we cannot metabolize, hence are toxic directly or indirectly.
Fruits in nature are in a predigested form when they are ripe. Fruits ripen when their seeds are at a mature stage ready for reproduction. When fruits ripen, they change to brilliant colors and emit seductive fragrances to attract consumption from a biological symbiont. Plants are rewarded in that its seeds are distributed, so they will survive.
Fruits supply us from 4-8 g of amino acids (body makes protein from them) per 100 g, almost every one of them with all the essential amino acids in about the proportions humans require, plus, of course, other amino acids. The average amino acid content is about the same as mother´s milk for a growing baby. When sufficient calories have been consumed, this intake is almost double our actual daily amino acid needs.
Fatty acids from fruit, other than avocado or olives, constitute about 1-5% of solids other than fiber. These fatty acids are liberal in their supply of the essential fatty acids. The average fatty acid content of fruits is about 2%.
But, importantly, fruits are rich in mineral matter in the most utilizable form in nature! Of its solids about 3% are minerals including, of course, ample calcium to meet our needs if we do not eat more than 20% acid-forming foods and if we do not cook and derange fruit nutrients.
As humans developed exclusively on fruits, they failed to develop water drinking faculties. Those on the fruit diet, will need about 60-70% less water than those on the conventional diet. That is primarily because pathogens require large amounts of water to hold them in suspension and carry them out of the body. Fruitarians normally do not drink water, but make as many trips to urinal as anyone.
As last consideration, fruits are alkaline in their metabolic end products. The body readily excretes excess alkalis. But body has a difficult time with neutralizing excess acidity in our body and must leak calcium and other alkaline minerals from our bones, which result might be osteoporosis and teeth problems.
We are biological symbionts of fruit-bearing plants and in nature we would eat very little besides fruits. Despite this, there´s no particular harm eating leafy green vegetables, stalks, stems and their fresh juices in the raw state. and even some steaming or conservative cooking of tubers, stalks, stems, roots, corns and selected legumes and grains (preferably sprouted), are not going to seriously harm our body and health. Of course, there are some toxic results from eating all this cooked fare and we´re better off without them. Yet, i repeat, there´s not great harm in consumption relative to what is suffered from conventional fare.
When fruits are ripe, they convert carbs into sugars (glucose and fructose) what we can use without further digestion - we get straight energy from them. Their enzymes convert their proteins into amino acids and their fats into fatty acids and glycerols. When we eat fruit, all we have to do is savor their goodness. The fruit portions were specifically compounded to attract biological symbionts. Fruit perfectly meet our needs. For humans, not other food compares with fruits.
Fruits are our perfect food, but it does not mean that we should eat fruits exclusively in our present circumstances, but it does mean that, in nature, that´s all we ate as attested to by anthropological evidence scientists have uncovered, notably Dr. Alan Walker of John Hopkins University.
Fruits really have it all; all that it took to make us into superb human beings; all that is required to sustain us in healthy state insofar as food contributes to this condition; and all that we need to live long, rewarding and happy life.
Professor Meyer of the University of Pretoria fed 50 people fruits and nuts only for a period of six months. Instead of deficiencies and disease, the controls became rather sickness-free and greatly improved in health and weight. The results where published in the February 20, 1971 issue of the South African Medical Journal.