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Varning för 801010 dieten! Beware of the 801010 diet!

Kära svenska läsare, jag och Tess har suttit med att försöka översätta detta viktiga 801010 inlägg till svenska, men måste härmed erkänna att vårt svenska vokabulär inte räcker till på den nivå som vi vill, och därmed levereras det på engelska. / C

Fruitarianism and 801010 has become a trendy diet, but beware, it comes with an array of problems.

Surfing around the web, with a nutrient eye on things, we notice that many people introduced to vegan & raw living foods are attracted to what is called an 801010 diet, or fruitarianism in certain arenas. As most proclaimed diets out there seem to fall short of optimal, so does this one. This article will clarify some of the obvious problems with a fruitarian or 801010 diet. For those of you who are not aware of what 801010 means, it refers to a diet comprised of: 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein, and 10% fat. (with a slight deviation for those readers who feel boxed in with this ratio ) If one maintains a vegan live food lifestyle, this approach has a natural tendency towards fruits for the intake of carbohydrates; since few are those who go for sprouted legumes as their 801010 carb intake. Before we go deeper into the obvious detrimental health issues with this dietary approach, lets look at a few drawbacks with it and where it comes from. The modern interest in the 801010 diet has mainly sprung from the work of a chiropractic Dr, named Douglas Graham, and his book The 80/10/10 diet. He declares that a healthy 801010 diet contains approximately 90-97% calories from fruits, 2-6% calories from greens and 0-8% calories from vegetables, non-sweet fruits, nuts and seeds.

Negative aspects of a fruitarianism or 801010 diet:

– We are all individuals, with individual needs. A diet with a fixed ratio and promoted to fit everyone is seriously flawed from the get-go. – The anti fat argument is fundamentally wrong and green leaves are of greatest health importance, deserving more attention than a mere 2-6% recommended by Graham. – 10% protein intake is directly contradicting a large study at Stanford Medical School. – The critical brain blood Ph of the body goes acid with a high fructose diet. – It is no way an environmentally sustainable diet , as well as losing nutrients since they are added at the end of the riping process. – High fructose intake comprises your health and is related to brain damage and diabetes – AGEs We go into a more detail about this list below. In 2012, according to Dr Graham himself (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIWXrkPztu0) he declares, 15 seconds into the video, having been misunderstood and that the 801010 dietary approach was never intended for vegan rawfooders!? This point only, should be enough to re-evaluate the credibility of Graham´s work. (Please look at the video, 26 seconds and you get it 😉 Dr Graham also states in his video that in order to reach the 801010 into the numbers of mainstream, ”the billions” as he puts it, now can also include cooked foods, meats and bread. orthodox. Why change one’s proposed protocol in order to reach more people, what kind of goal is that? It is certainly ok to update ones approach slightly, possibly moving out of orthodoxy or with backed up new research, but his attitude is notably way to unprofessional. Some of you may have heard of a late forefather of fruitarianism Johnny “Lovewisdom”, the american-finnish writer who in the last century lived as hermit in Ecuador, attempting to create a paradise on earth, and living purely of fruits. Somewhat ironically, Lovewisdom died of nutritional deficiency and in despair of his parasidic community falling apart. There seems to be something not quite right here? Since we are closely connected to the Vegan Live Food historical lineage through our way of living, studying, discussing, working, and spreading, and we lean on the proven healing protocols of the knowledge of the foremost health institutes such as  Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, AZ and Hippocrates Health Institute, FL. We have a hard time understanding why one, as a raw-fooder, would not end up with their research in any of these people, and settle for the less healthy fruitarian or 801010 diet. It can’t be that it was a displayed book in the bookstore, right? Or can it be that those with sweet tooth or already high carb diet need this transitional diet to be comfortable? This raises another interesting question; Why does one believe in the literature compiled by a chiropractic practitioner on this matter and not an MD, scientist and researcher such as MD Gabriel Cousens (Tree of Life), PhD, ND Brian Clements or Viktoras Kulvinskas (Hippocrates)

Tree of Life and Dr Gabriel Cousens also has the tremendous value of incorporating a psycho-spiritual aspect to individual and planetary health.

Why is 801010 popular?

Due to its comforting and sweet properties of fruits, choosing fruitarianism or 801010 could be an understandable choice since it is emotionally easier to get on a sweet fruit diet, than including more of the bitter but oh so important green leaves in the diet. (again, excuses to those who eat more greens than the average fruitarian). Actually, the majority of the 801010 followers I’ve met have only been successful for a period before they hit a plateau where skin fungus, energy loss, and confusion was experienced; somewhat clear signs of auto-toxicity. A diet high in comforting fruit may in some cases be a transitional diet until the individual optimal diet is understood and found. Some people have reported a good feeling in the beginning of changing to their new 801010 diet. This initial good feeling often has to do with a change in ones personal biochemistry which rewardingly stimulates several physiological aspects. High intake of fructose might seem entertaining to the taste buds proving us with quick energy but also the detrimental unbalanced blood sugar. All always depends on individuality, which we will talk about next.


The first and foremost issue is that ANY diet with a fixed ratio is flawed. Graham even proclaims 801010 as one diet for all. Fundamentally wrong. 38 seconds in to the video clip Graham states: ”I want everybody in this world to be on this diet!” Why would he want that?! Sell-out! Never accept the concept of one diet for everyone. We are all individuals, with individual needs, and individual life situations. Due to our biochemical individuality we all require a personlized and differentiated diet. The concept of individuality also clarifies why some stranger diets seem to work for some people, and you always tend to hear louder from the people for whom it works.

A few cornerstones of individual factors include:

-Which system dominates our body and assimilation process? The oxidative (how fast we turn carbs into simple sugars) or autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the two subsets fast/slow and sympathetic/para-sympthetic. (one day this topic deserves a 3-part article) -What ayurvedic constitution or dosha are we comprised of? Stable elephant Kapha, intense tiger Pitta, or lively Vata. -How do we eat to support our current lifestyle? Fruitarianism may work for a few individuals on this planet, but the analogies in the fruitarian world put it like we are all the same; like all cows eat grass; all infants drink mothers milk, and so we humans can all have one diet, and fruitarianism is the best. Not good analogies. An additional factor at play is taken from the Ayurvedic point of view. For example, Dr Arnold Ehret, author of Mucusless diet personally worked well with a diet high in fruits, but this was mainly because he was of Vata constitution. Fruit includes plenty of water and fibers, which would work better for Vatas constitution and much worse for Kaphas.

The anti-fat argument

In this case a mere 0-10% fat is recommended, which is fundamentally wrong. Good fats are essential for proper cholesterol level, and cholesterol is really important to proper brain function. There has been studies concluding that many with alzeimers disease recieve great help from consuming more coconut oil and moving towards a fat metabolism for energy. Fat for energy is also superior. The East Germans, made studies of their olympic athletes in a true fat, or ketonic, metabolism and saw significant increase i performance.

The importance of green leaves in your diet can not be understated.

As the plant “blood” in green leaves, chlorophyll, is about identical in molecular structure to human blood. The only difference being the center of the molecule; in plant blood being magnesium (Mg), and in human hemoglobin the center is Iron (Fe). According to Ann Wigmore, founder of Hippocrates Health Institute and who healed her colon cancer with greens and wheat grass juices, a shot of wheatgrass juice is just like a blood transfusion. Graham promotes a bare 2-6 % which obviously needs revision. A large research study at Stanford medical school* showed that 75% of the population need a diet higher in protein, 25% needed a lower protein diet. The researchers could also give the gene sequence mapping to read the oxidative tendency. MD Gabriel Cousens recommends a diet of 30-50% protein. With 801010 or fruitarianism you get a very low protein diet, max 10%, and again the dietary points of views differ.

Ph argument

You might be aware of the importance of a proper Ph (Potential of Hydrogen) in your bodily fluids for optimal functioning. Our current lifestyle drives our bodies more acidic which supports illness, and our food choices come to play a pivotal role when turning the body more alkaline, towards an optimum brain blood Ph of 7.46. Fruits are high in sugar and mainly acid forming in the body, therefore not a good choice. In the book The Ph Miracle by Young and Young we find that “despite what some nutritionist claim, there is no difference in your body between ”natural” sugars and any other kind. Sugar is sugar. It doesnt matter if its honey, jelly beans, maple syrup, or a berry or a piece of melon. In any form, microforms will ferment it to alcohol and other mycotoxins and create an acidic environment in your body. You can get all the nutritional benefits from vegetables, without the negative side effects. Once you are in balance, a small portion of fresh seasonal fruit eaten by itself can make a nice treat.” Cousens recommends 2 helpings of fruit. Per week!


A fruitarian diet is by no means a practically sustainable diet for feeding a hungry planet; it turns out it is a quite an egoistic diet. Barely benefitting the consumer and more seldom the local producers. We must include this holistic sustainability aspect into the discussion if feeling responsable and inclusive of the larger picture where everything is entangled. Since most people do not live in tropic climates where fruits are abundant most days of the year, but live in climates where local fruits are scarce and very seasonal, we must understand the fact that shipping the supply for ex 30 bananas a day (900 a month) in huge container across the ocean is NOT a viable and inclusive solution. How can we, as mainly westerners, who live in temperate climates with a short summer season, intend to be in any harmony with nature and striving for a functional model of positive world change while on a fruitarian or 801010 diet? Multi billion companies export fruits to us on behalf of biodiversity and deterioration of public local health due to bad agricultural practices such as spraying with the monsanto array of -cides. Additionally, with todays nutrient leached and damaged topsoils around the globe, we don’t even get the optimal spectrum of nutrients on an organic-raw diet, so good supplements are truly important to optimal health. Graham goes against this by saying “there is no need for any supplements if you are on an adequate raw diet.” Remember Lovewisdom who died of nutritional deficiency.

Like the old indigenous saying; when taking decisions, always consider the effects of the seventh generation.

Diabetes brain damage

The following fructose information has been extracted from a recent Masters of Vegan and Live food Nutrition Conferece call with Dr Gabriel Cousens. There are several interrelated problems that comes with a high fructose diet. 1. Long term use of fruit and fructose is linked to deterioration in brain function. As mentioned earlier, fat metabolism is superior to brian function. An additional point from research is the observed results of providing the brain with glucose vs fructose. The researchers found that when measuring brain function, there was a 20% increase with glucose, and a 20% decrease with fructose, proving the point that fructose does not work so well. 2. Over time a high amount of fructose (about 25g/day) is associated with increased rates of diabetes, from the increased insulin which is the driving force behind type-2 diabetes. Research is also clear from a variety of sources indicating that fructose per se does not immedietaley raise your insulin levels, but over time it is associated with insulin resistance, both in general physiology and in a diabetic physiology. This subtle difference is where one can find the scientific debate seem to spring from, and is where it often gets confusing. 3. Since the introduction of HFCS in 1907, diabetes has increased 2000 fold. Metabolised in the liver, HFCS creates increased triglycerides and other imbalances, disregulates the leptin and insulin hormonal balance, and increases insulin, which has several symptomatic effects. 4. Fructose does not turn off the Grehlin hormone, which is a hormone for appetite control, and lead individuals to eating more than normal and create the term ”diabesity”. 85% of all diabetics are overweight, and 40% obese. 5. A diet high in fructose fuels problems such as gout, heart disease and high blood pressure. It is interesting how in historic times gout was named “kings disease”, or ”rich man’s disease” due to the fact those living in affluence with unhealthy dietary habits. 6. Following the Pleomorphic model where the physical terrain is an essential component to good health; candida, pathogens, fungus and cancers thrive in an environment of heavy fructose intake, as all thrive in an environment of sugary foods to feed from. In the process of self composting, the body turns more acidic, attack friendly, and loosing its vitality in several aspects. 7. Still another part of the story is from a genetic point of view. As mentioned above, some people have compromised oxidative systems, being very slow oxiders, which means they assimilate glucose and fructose very slowly, making them better candidates to be fruitarians.

AGEs –

Advanced Glycoxidatin Endproducts is an irreversible bond between sugars and protein, and it turns out that “fructose is 10 times more active in creating AGEs than glucose. Research shows that cancer cells will use fructose at least 10 times more actively than glucose, which, in itself, is up to 10 to 50 times the normal cell usage for glucose. Data suggests, in general, that long-term fructose consumption increases AGEs and accelerates the aging process. Should one avoid fructose entirely? No. The body historically is designed to handle 15–25 grams of fructose daily. (old recommendation, now 2 helpings a week). The question is, what can one do to minimize it since, in the United States, the average intake is 81 grams daily? It is beneficial to minimize sources of dietary fructose, fruit juices, high glycemic fruits, table sugar, and honey; these are your basic and rather simple, straightforward approaches to this. Basically, any packaged product that is not labeled organic will contain high-fructose corn syrup.” ~ Gabriel Cousens, M.D. ”There Is a Cure for Diabetes – Revised Edition” Additionally, it is important how we use research to prove our points. Arguments can be created for, and of, any angled research. For ex, fructose per se is not associated directly to diabetes; along with that research says 3 helpings of fruit per week, not per day. And in one case with apples and blueberries, with their helpful anthocyanins (antioxidants) and resveratrol have been shown to protect against diabetes. This is NOT the same as fruit prevents diabetes. Notice the ease of drawing conclusions to prove a point. Also, different understandings can draw different conclusions from a research or previous paradigm of understanding. There is also plenty of debate and marketing strategies in and of scientific research, which both account for more than a few dietary confusions.

We have to be very careful when declaring strong statements, such as; a fruitarian uniform diet is the best for everyone.

Per se, I am actually not against fruitariansm, as it may work for some small percentage, but on the general whole I am warning for a strict fruitariansm or an 801010 approach to diet and health. *For a full list of references I have to refer to Dr. Cousens and his library and conference calls.

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