Why do I choose local greengrocers over supermarkets?

“People who own the world outright for profit will have to be stopped by influence, by power, by us.” (Wendall Berry) (1)

Supermarkets yield way too much power! Instead, smaller local stores and markets may be more ethical, more eco-friendly, and a healthier alternative!   

The first reason for shopping at local greengrocers or farmer’s markets is that your money does count even though you are only one person. The small business or the major supermarket chain will be supported by your services. Supermarkets have a net worth of billions, as opposed to small businesses which would be a successful business if they earn 20k annually. Supermarkets “rake in a staggering £7 out of every £10 spent on the high street” (2), and “Tesco has nearly a third of the whole of the UK’s grocery market” (2). The wealth and power of supermarket chains cannot be denied!

This substantial amount of power can be used unjustly. Action Aid has researched “three countries (that) illustrates how the pressure on suppliers to deliver more for less is passed on to workers in the form of low wages, job insecurity, and a denial of their basic human rights” (3). In contrast, smaller sellers will likely have less pressure for cheap prices and efficiency, so, consequently, there will be less demand on suppliers. This would entail fairer treatment for workers in terms of price and working conditions. Maybe supermarket prices being cheaper is not the favourable option if you want to be an ethical shopper.

Also, buying local and seasonal produce is considerate and healthy for two main reasons. Firstly, it is more mindful because it is another step to protect the planet! In terms of carbon emissions, supermarkets not only fly lots of food from abroad but “the big supermarkets transport it around the country to be processed and packaged before it reaches the customer. Smaller regional supermarkets are more likely to source food, process it and sell it within the same region” (4). This means that less Co2 emissions are probably used by smaller stores, and even if you do want exotic fruit, this will probably not be processed and packaged across multiple locations around the country. Most small fruit and vegetable stores use minimal packaging, so another way to protect the environment is to use some reusable eco-friendly produce bags and kick out the plastic from your life!

The importance of buying local and seasonal produce also links to health. Toxic chemicals that harm health may be used less due to the shorter shelf-life of local and seasonal produce resulting in less likelihood of certain preservation methods. A synthetic product called “SmartFresh is now used on a wide range of fruits and vegetables in over 26 countries, including the UK, US and Australia” (5, 6). This may seem an ideal way to preserve vegetables, but the health effects suggest otherwise. SmartFresh contains 1-Methylcyclopropene which affects the visual system and requires protective clothing during handling (7). This chemical must only be detrimental to health!

The damaging health effects of the chemicals and the other factor of shelf life display that supermarket produce is less than nutritious. Their nutrient value decreases as fruit and vegetables are stored for a longer time.

“Keeping apples in storage for a long period of time is bad because antioxidant activity in apples fade away after three months of storage in the cold. Therefore, a one-year-old apple in the storage will have no antioxidants left in it whatsoever” (7).

 It is not only antioxidants; research suggests that the nutrient value of many fruit and vegetables has significantly decreased over time which may be due to production methods.

“The evidence for nutrient declines began to accumulate in the 1940s with observations of (environmental) dilution effects on minerals in many foods and diverse other plants. Recent studies of historical nutrient content data for fruits and vegetables spanning 50 to 70 years show apparent median declines of 5% to 40% or more in minerals, vitamins, and protein in groups of foods, especially in vegetables. Although these apparent declines in individual nutrients may be confounded by systematic errors in historical data, the broad evidence is consistent with more definitive studies and seems difficult to dismiss.” (8)

Fruits and vegetables that are local, seasonal, and brought at the local greengrocers will have been in storage for less time meaning higher antioxidant levels, more nutrients, and a lower likelihood of the use of synthetic preservatives. It is also likely that fruits and vegetables brought in smaller stores will have had altogether fewer toxic chemicals on them than supermarkets!

“Foods from local growers may contain less (or no) pesticides. Farmers have to pay an extra fee to become certified organic. Some small-scale farmers use organic methods but aren’t certified because they simply aren’t big enough to be able to afford the certification fees. Even if they aren’t organic, small farmers tend to use fewer chemicals than large, industrialized farms.” (9)

The quality and the taste of the vegetables and fruit are often better at smaller stores due to the factors mentioned! I recorded my groceries from the local greengrocers over 14 weeks:

–          Week 1: red potatoes, shallots, a mushroom mix, limes, bananas, oranges, kale, and squash.

–          Week 2: oranges, bananas, broccoli, squash, herbs, mushrooms, pomelo, and romanesco cauliflower.

–          Week 3: kale, leeks, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, bananas, mushroom mix, limes, apples, pomegranate, passion fruit, and tomatoes.

–          Week 4: mangoes, celeriac, herbs, kale, red potatoes, beetroots, apples, broccoli, squash, and pomegranate.

–          Week 5: bananas, carrots, swede, red potatoes, apples, beetroots, lettuce, celery, kale, leeks, chard, and cucumber.

–          Week 6: mushrooms, carrots, cranberries, kale, tomatoes, squash, apples, oranges, herbs, leeks, beetroots, and avocado.

–          Week 7: mushrooms, red potatoes, apples, squash, kale, pineapples, watermelon, red cabbage, mangoes, satsumas, bananas, and limes.

–          Week 8: satsumas, chard, kale, herbs, squash, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, apples, and tomatoes.

–          Week 9: mushrooms, mangoes, red potatoes, satsumas, avocadoes, zucchini, apples, pineapple, watermelon, kale, and herbs.

–          Week 10: Red potatoes, mushrooms, avocadoes, leeks, squash, tomatoes, kale, oranges, and apples.

–          Week 11: lychee, cherries, limes, pomegranates, apples, sweet potatoes, pears, satsumas, zucchini, and peppers.

–          Week 12: apples, mangoes, satsumas, papaya, grapes, tomatoes, red potatoes, sweet potato, limes, mushrooms, avocado, broccoli, and pineapple.

–          Week 13: chard, kale, zucchini, broccoli, peppers, pomegranates, avocadoes, mangoes, cauliflower, and kiwi.

The price each week was between £15 and £25, but the last 2 weeks at an only organic store was £35. I also ate grains, legumes, nuts, and some extra fruit. I highly recommend getting plastic-free bulk foods from websites like https://www.realplasticfree.com/ or zero waste refill stores.

 In terms of nutrients, I tried to include a range of greens, a range of starch-based foods, and lots of mushrooms with vitamin D for healthy balance during the winter months. Greens are full of essential micronutrients like calcium, iron, and vitamin K. Meanwhile, starch-based foods like squash and potatoes help you to feel satiety whilst also providing key nutrients like phosphorus, potassium, and B vitamins. During the winter, starch-based foods are also warming.  An (unsponsored) app that I highly recommend is ‘Meal Planner’ which allows you to create a meal plan for each day and a shopping list for each week.

This was before I did a fruit detox which I also highly recommend! 

“The devil ain’t got no power over me.” (Bob Marley) (10)

References

(1) Woodiwiss, C., 2012. Wendell Berry’s Earth Day Speech: ‘People Who Own The World Outright For Profit Will Have To Be Stopped’. [online] Thinkprogress.org. Available at: <https://thinkprogress.org/wendell-berrys-earth-day-speech-people-who-own-the-world-outright-for-profit-will-have-to-be-stopped-5bb42709abd1/> [Accessed 28 April 2020].

(2) Savage, M., 2007. The Big Question: Have Supermarkets Become Just Too Powerful In Britain? [online] The Independent. Available at: <https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/the-big-question-have-supermarkets-become-just-too-powerful-in-britain-403010.html> [Accessed 27 April 2020].

(3) Hearson, M. and Eagleton, D., 2007. Who Pays? How British Supermarkets Are Keeping Women Workers In Poverty. [pdf] London: ActionAid, pp.1-80. Available at: <https://www.actionaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/doc_lib/actionaid_who_pays_report.pdf> [Accessed 27 April 2020].

(4) Hickman, L., 2004. Fruit And Vegetables. [online] The Guardian. Available at: <https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2004/jun/24/ethicalliving.ethicalmoney> [Accessed 27 April 2020].

(5) Lockhart, S., 2017. Mad Diet: Easy Steps To Lose Weight And Cure Depression. 1st ed. London: Hodder and Stoughton.

(6) Get The Gloss. 2018. The Ugly Truth Behind ‘Fresh’ Fruit And Vegetables. [online] Available at: <https://www.getthegloss.com/article/the-ugly-truth-behind-fresh-fruit-and-vegetables> [Accessed 27 April 2020].

(7) Robinson, J., 2017. 1-Methylcyclopropene — Toxicity, Side Effects, Diseases And Environmental Impacts. [online] Naturalpedia.com. Available at: <https://www.naturalpedia.com/1-methylcyclopropene-toxicity-side-effects-diseases-and-environmental-impacts.html> [Accessed 27 April 2020].

(8) Davis, D., 2009. Declining Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Composition: What Is the Evidence? HortScience, [online] 44(1), pp.15-19. Available at: <https://journals.ashs.org/hortsci/view/journals/hortsci/44/1/article-p15.xml> [Accessed 27 April 2020].

(9) Honeycutt, E., 2017. Why Buy Local Food? It’s Healthier For You And Better For The Environment. [online] Food Revolution Network. Available at: <https://foodrevolution.org/blog/why-buy-local-food/> [Accessed 27 April 2020].

(10) McIndoe, R., 2020. Bob Marley’s 30 Most Memorable Quotes On What Would Have Been His 75Th Birthday. [online] Inews.co.uk. Available at: <https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/bob-marley-quotes-lyrics-songs-75th-birthday-death-1390257> [Accessed 28 April 2020].

Or Tor Kor Organic Market: joyfulness in the most indulgent fruit

Decoration at the entrance to Or Tor Kor Market

Or Tor Kor Market is a top-notch organic market in Bangkok. In fact, “Or Tor Kor Market in Bangkok was voted as the 4th Best Fresh Market in the world by CNN Travel” (1). The market is ideal for vegans due to the wide-ranging sale of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Most of the fruit was a decent price, succulent, flavourful, and scrumptious. The buys I enjoyed included passion fruit, rambutan, seeded grapes, tomatoes, small cucumbers, lettuce, mangoes, pomegranates, durian, pineapple, bananas, papayas, coconuts, watermelon, jackfruit, mangosteen, and sapodilla. This was truly the best candy in the land! Candy that does not cause defects in your metabolism, energy levels, and blood pressure, but improves your health. Increasing fruit consumption leads to weight loss, digestive ease, disease prevention, immunity, and anti-aging effects (2). Fruit also reverses the detrimental and toxic effects of candy consumption over the years due to its detox-effect.

Jackfruit, mangoes, grapes, and rambutan.
Melon, mangoes, longans, rose apples, and sapodillas.

Out of all the fruit, durian was the most precious and rare diamond. The unique taste is like nothing else! It is a mix between an indulgent savoury snack and a luxurious pudding. It could either be marmite or custard at any given moment. Durian is either loved or hated! Some hate it so much that they have banned it on public transport!

 Nevertheless, if you are one of the individuals that does love it, then you should know that every durian tastes different and every durian is an extremely indulgent treat. There is so much durian on offer at Or Tor Kor Market and it is worth the price! Durian is also packed full of rewarding health benefits!

“Durian is a fruit with the ability to boost your immune system, increase energy levels, and inhibit free radical activity. The health benefits of this fruit also include improved digestion, strengthened bones, and reduced signs of anemia. It is also good for slowing premature aging, lowering blood pressure, and protecting against cardiovascular diseases.”

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Durian at Or Tor Kor Market.

Although durian is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, that is not to say there was not bad experiences at the market. My experience was far less than perfect with some of the starfruit on one occasion and some of the kiwi fruit at another time, because the fruits that I mistakenly purchased were far past their best before date. The unpleasant taste is not the only risk of buying mouldy fruit, as there is also the danger of bacteria and fungi which can lead to illness.

Due to the risks, there are several key questions to ask during choosing to buy fruit, and then, choosing to eat fruit.

When buying fruit, you could ask yourself:

■      Is the fruit injured? (Bruises or lesions)

■         Is there an acidic toxic rotten smell?

■       Is there discoloration on the skin?

Before eating the fruit, you could ask yourself:

■         Is the fruit soft and slimy?

■        Is there an acidic toxic smell once it has been prepared?

■     Is there discoloration once it has been prepared?

These questions are linked to the science behind fruit going mouldy. This process happens as the natural compounds in the fruit begin to take effect and microbes attach to the fruit whilst claiming it as their territory. Naturally occurring enzymes like polyphenol (PPO) cause oxidative browning (4), ethylene gas is a hormone that causes ripening which affects the texture and colour of fruit (5), and microbes are likely be responsible for the sewage-plant smell which gradually develops as “they have evolved to make it unappetizing to large animals as fast as possible” (6, 7). If the fruit has a bruise or a lesion, rotting will happen more rapidly due to the ethylene gas which is produced once a fruit is damaged (5). Thus, the questions above cover the main signs in terms of the scientific development of a fruit turning mouldy.

Another issue to watch out for is some stalls charge higher than usual for single pieces of fruit. Generally, the cheaper deals are for a bunch of fruit with the price already displayed. It is probably the best idea to research the average price of most organic fruits to ensure that you get a fair price.

Is the organic fruit worth the extravagant price?

Organic fruit is better than conventional fruit for three main reasons. These reasons are that the farming of organic foods is more environmentally friendly, there are more micronutrients due to the fruits being grown in mineral rich soil without chemicals that affect the nutrient density, and there is none of the toxic chemicals used in conventional farming which have an impact on health. In organic farming, herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers are only naturally derived substances.

Thus, I would give Or Tor Kor Organic Market four stars, because it is warming that organic farmers are selling high-quality and delicious foods that are organic. However, there are some stalls that are less than genuine about the quality of the produce which should only be sold before or during ripening, and some stalls may try tricks to sell at abnormally high prices. So, all consumers should be wise and discerning, but I do not recommend missing out on the splendid treats at this market.

Watermelon and Durian at Or Tor Kor Market.
Or Tor Kor Market.

Sources:

(1) Stories by Soumya. 2019. A Quick Guide to Or Tor Kor Market in Bangkok. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.storiesbysoumya.com/or-tor-kor-market-bangkok/. [Accessed 15 April 2020].

(2) Nutrition and You.com. 2019. Fruit Nutrition Facts. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fruit-nutrition.html. [Accessed 16 April 2020].

(3) Organic Facts. 2020. Top 8 Health Benefits of Durian. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-durian.html [Accessed 15 April 2020].

(4) LiveStrong.com. 2019. How to Tell If a Fruit is Spoiled. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.livestrong.com/article/473318-how-to-tell-if-a-fruit-is-spoiled/ [Accessed 15 April 2020].

(5) Gardening know How. 2018. What Is Ethylene Gas: Information On Ethylene Gas And Fruit Ripening. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/fegen/ethylene-gas-information.htm. [Accessed 15 April 2020].

(6) Janzen, D., 1977. Why Fruits Rot, Seeds Mold, and Meat Spoils. American Naturalist, 111 (980), 691-713.

(7)    AAAS. 2014. Rotten Fruit May be Due to Microbe Warfare. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/03/rotten-fruit-may-be-due-microbe-warfare# . [Accessed 15 April 2020].

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How is fruit better than other foods for the immune system?

Fruit is the ultimate immune system booster, unlike the dietary choices of processed foods and animal products!

The immune system is a unified system of functions, including the white blood cells, the antibodies, the complement system, the lymphatic system, the spleen, the bone marrow, and the thymus (1). These form a mysterious magical shield that the body can use to defend itself from viruses, illness, disease, and toxins.

If you search for foods that boost the immune system through the internet, social media, and YouTube, every list will have a substantial amount of fruit. Why is this?

The immune system is constantly working to block out illness, toxins, and free radicals to allow only the valuable nutrients to be digested. Fruit is full of beneficial nutrients and is cleansing, so it can only be helpful to the body’s immune system.

The immune system relies on the digestive system to dispose of these unwanted pathogens and toxins. There are several ways that these unwanted pathogens and toxins are removed. They are either removed due to the lining of the digestive tract which has antibodies, due to the acidity in the stomach, or due to the frequent release that happens via the bowels and the urinary tract (1). These defenses are only improved by the detox effect of fruit.

Plus, fruit has a range of vitamins and minerals. Most fruit has an abundant amount of vitamin C and some vitamin A (2). Vitamin A helps to build white blood cells, supports the role of the skin, and helps the organs function (3). Vitamin A helps the elimination process and helps the body to form an outer defence system. Meanwhile, vitamin C also helps the body form the white blood cells that fight pathogens, as well as protecting the respiratory tract (3). Vitamin C is bound to knock that cold and flu on the head when it is consumed at the source! This is in fruit in large amounts!  

Minerals that help immune function include zincmagnesium,and selenium (4). Many assume that these are not acquired from fruit. Think again! “High zinc fruits include avocados, blackberries, pomegranates, raspberries, guavas, cantaloupes, apricots, peaches, kiwifruit, and blueberries” (5). Thus, meat or high protein foods are not essential for zinc intake. Meanwhile, magnesium is also in many fruits. “Fruits high in magnesium include dried figs, avocados, guavas, bananas, kiwi fruit, papayas, blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupes, and grapefruit.” (6). Once again, no animal products are necessary! Lastly, selenium is abundant in many fruits. Fruits include bananas, avocadoes, blackberries, blueberries, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, lemon and melon all contain some selenium in varying amounts (7). Selenium has a main role of providing antioxidant action. Antioxidants only support the immune system, as their role is like that of the immune system. They help to fight free radicals and cleanse out toxins!

“A major avenue of research over the last decade has been to determine how the immune system benefits from certain diets, including the intake of dietary antioxidants… Much of the evidence is focused on polyphenols, the abundant plant derived phytochemicals that include anthocyanins, the pigments responsible for the vibrant red, blue and purple colors of berries and other colorful fruits.” (8)

Antioxidants may be what is really needed to boot that unwelcome illness out of your body!

stark contrast is the effects of processed foods and animal-based foods on the immune system. Firstly, processed foods have no benefits to the immune system and only cause inflammation especially due to food additives. “Things like synthetic trans fats, sugar, and preservatives increase inflammation in our diet…our immune system is not prepared” (9).  Due to the immune system attempting to battle these excess toxins, there is excess inflammation. One reason for this is that processed food leads to an increase in immune cells from ‘bone marrow progenitors’” (10). Bone marrow is a key player in the immune system, the immune system becomes overworked, and inflammation is the immune response to excess toxins.

In fact, as well as the immune system becoming overwhelmed leading to inflammation, processed food may even permanently weaken the immune system due to the consumption of processed foods.

 “Of potentially greatest concern, our poor dietary behaviours are encoded into both our DNA scaffolding and gut microbiome, and thus these harmful immune modifications are passed to our offspring” (11, 12).

Thus, food habits can be passed through generations due to permanently distorting the DNA of the immune system and the digestive system

Not only processed food habits, but also animal products, will weaken the immune system and lead to autoimmune diseases. One effect on the immune system from animal products is that they are high in saturated fat which is detrimental to the blood vessels and the digestive system. A report has found that the gut has healthy bacteria which are harmed by saturated fat (13, 14). As well as damage to the digestive system, there is a release of bacterial endotoxins which damages the blood vessels from just one meal with animal products (15). This damage does not occur from the consumption of fruit which has a cleansing effect, and the consumption of fruit combined with fasting can help to release toxic fat stores.

The acidic toxicity of animal products must weaken the immune system as these foods significantly increase your chances of acquiring autoimmune diseases. The two main ways that animal products are likely to lead to autoimmune diseases are leaky gut and molecular mimicryLeaky gut is a result of the bacteria/toxins from animal foods and the damage to the gut from saturated fat.

“A 2017 study published in the Frontiers of Immunology found that “leaky gut” — when the intestinal epithelial lining loses integrity and allows the passage of bacteria and toxins into the blood — can “trigger the initiation and development of autoimmune disease.” (16, 14).

This explains an effect of saturated fat on your body and the immune system. A video that explains this well is here: –                https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=229&v=p_uy4kfQDkA&feature=emb_title

On the other hand, the molecular mimicry involves our body’s reaction to the proteins in the animal products. Due the similar proteins in animal products to the proteins in our own body, the immune system enters ‘attack’ mode against the foreign animal proteins and, also, our own bodies. This process is explained in more detail here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=227&v=FNmIBB2UG_M&feature=emb_logo

So, fruits are infinitely magical to the immune system, whilst processed foods with additives and animal products shatter the immune system with a constant onslaught of toxic substances that the body struggles to manage.

SOURCES

FRUIT

(1) Betterhealth.vic.gov.au. 2017. Immune System. [online] Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/immune-system [Accessed 3 April 2020].

(2) Lenntech.com. 2020. Vitamin Content Of Fruit And Vegetables. [online] Available at: https://www.lenntech.com/fruit-vegetable-vitamin-content.htm [Accessed 3 April 2020]

(3) Agrawal, M., 2014. Top 10 Vitamins and Minerals For Boosting Immunity. [online] InlifeHealthCare. Available at: https://www.inlifehealthcare.com/2014/10/03/vitamins-minerals-boost-immune-system/ [Accessed 3 April 2020]

(4) Approach Wellness. 2019. List Of Minerals For Immune System Health. [online] Available at: https://www.approachwellness.com/list-of-minerals.html [Accessed 3 April 2020].

(5) Whitbread, D. 2019. Top 10 Fruits Highest in Zinc. [online] myfooddata. Available at: https://www.myfooddata.com/articles/high-zinc-fruits.php [Accessed 3 April 2020].

(6) Whitbead, D. 2019. Top 10 Fruits Highest in Magnesium. [online] myfooddata. Available at: https://www.myfooddata.com/articles/high-magnesium-fruits.php [Accessed 3 April 2020].

(7) Ann, M., 2018. Fruits With Selenium. [online] Healthyeating.sfgate.com. Available at: https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/fruits-selenium-5382.html [Accessed 3 April 2020].

(8) Rounds, D., 2020. The Immune System, Antioxidants And Ariona Berries – Drink Tohi. [online] Drink Tohi. Available at: https://drinktohi.com/the-immune-system-antioxidants-and-aronia-berries/ [Accessed 3 April 2020].

PROCESSED FOOD

(9) Monico, L. 2020. How Processed Junk Food Hurts The Immune System. [online] Lifehealthbestself.com. Available at: https://lifehealthbestself.com/how-processed-junk-food-hurts-the-immune-system/ [Accessed 3 April 2020].

(10) Dale, A., 2018. This Is Why You Should Avoid Eating Too Much Junk Food. [online] Labiotech.eu. Available at: https://www.labiotech.eu/medical/junk-food-immune-system/ [Accessed 3 April 2020].

(11) Myles, I., 2014. Fast food fever: reviewing the impacts of the Western diet on immunity. Nutrition Journal [online] 13 (61), pp. 1-17. Available at: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/pdf/1475-2891-13-61.pdf [Accessed 3 April 2020].

(12) Abrams, A., 2014. Fast Food May Hurt Your Immune System, And Could Hurt Your Kids, Too. [online] Time. Available at: https://time.com/2941167/fast-food-may-hurt-immune-system/ [Accessed 3 April 2020].

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○ Metrocebu.news. 2016. Processed Foods Weaken Immune System, Lead To Diseases – Researchers. [online] Available at: https://metrocebu.news/2016/01/processed-foods-weaken-immune-system-lead-to-diseases-researchers/ [Accessed 3 April 2020].

ANIMAL PRODUCTS

(13) Devkota, S., Wang, Y., Much, M., Leone, V., Felner-Peach, H., Nadimpalli, A., Antonopoulos, D., Jabri, B. and Chang, E., 2012. Dietary fat-induced taurocholic acid production promotes pathobiont and colitis in IL-10-/-mice. Natue, [online] 487(7405), pp. 104-108. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3393783/ [Accessed 4 April 2020].

(14) Sentenac, H., 2018. 6 Foods To Eat And 3 To Avoid To Help Your Body Fight Autoimmune Disease And Excessive Inflammation. [online] Food Revolution Network. Available at: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/autoimmune-disease-diet/ [Accessed 4 April 2020]. 

(15) Carney, L., 2013. Why Do Animal Products Cause Inflammation?. [online] Drcarney.com. Available at: https://www.drcarney.com/blog/entry/why-do-animal-products-cause-inflammation [Accessed 4 April 2020].

(16) Mu, Q., Kirby, J., Reilly, C. and Luo, X., 2020. Leaky Gut As a Danger Signal for Autoimmune Diseases. Front Immunol., [online] 8, p.598. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5440529/ [Accessed 4 April 2020].

○ Cusick, M., Libbey, J. and Fujinami, R., 2012. Molecular Mimicry as a Mechanism of Autoimmune Disease. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol., [online] 42 (1), pp. 102-111. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3266166/ [Accessed 4 April 2020].

○ Respectful Living. 2018. Molecular Mimicry – How Eating Animal Based Products Causes Autoimmune Disease. [online] Available at: https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/04/22/molecular-mimicry-how-eating-animal-based-products-causes-autoimmune-disease/ [Accessed 4 April 2020].

Why eat Fruit?

“Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself belongs to nobody.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Consuming a largely fruit-based diet and doing a fruit detox regularly is so important for the health of your body and mind! Fruit detoxing does not have one single benefit or multiple benefits. The benefits are all intrinsically interlinked in a chain of steps to self-improvement of your health and mind. The relieving effect on your body and mind happens when the fruit cleanses the colon. This refreshes your system of toxins, rotten food, and mucus.

Without this toxic and mouldy residue that has collected in your colon over the years to create a cesspit that feeds disease, your body is in the supreme condition to cure itself from disease and illness. This connection between the gut and disease was made by hippocrates many centuries ago.

Have you ever been frightened of going on a rollercoaster and began to feel butterflies in your stomach?

The brain and the stomach are also undeniably connected. Toxic overload in the stomach will put fuel on the fire for mental health issues by fogging the brain in a cloudy mist of toxicity.

Not only does fruit guard the body and the mind from the toxicity that fuels disease, it is also a diet that is ethical and environmentally friendly. Fruit production has a minimal impact on the environment (especially organic fruit farming). Fruit occurs abundantly in nature and requires less resources to produce than animal meat, processed foods, and dairy. It is the only food that does not involve harming a single living being (animal or plant). For some shocking statistics about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, check out: https://www.cowspiracy.com/facts.

The ethical purity of a fruit-based diet could be why it is so spiritually cleansing.

Why not cleanse your body and mind of ailments for spiritual ease and less impact on mother nature?

Sources:

http://rawganicvegan.com/disease-begins-gut-hippocrates/#

http://chopra.com/articles/mind-body-connection-understanding-the-psycho-emotional-roots-of-disease