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Frutarian diet = Pancreas problems? (The Ashton Kucher/Steve Jobs thing)

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Created January 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Are pancreatic problems really a side effect of a frutarian diet? Apparently Ashton Kucher, while prepping to play Steve Jobs in a movie switched to a frutarian diet and ended up in the ER stating his "pancreas levels were completely out of whack."

I'm asking because while I obviously don't support a frutarian diet, I hadn't heard/read anything about this being a side effect and some CW out there suggests eating low fat is actually good for the pancreas.

http://www.latimes.com/features/food/dailydish/la-dd-ashton-kutcher-hospitalized-after-following-fruitarian-diet-20130128,0,924814.story

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on January 30, 2013
at 01:31 AM

Well, without toothbrushes, cavemen would have teeth problems before problems in pancreas if all they ate was fruit.

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on January 29, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Wow, great answer. My take on it - I really doubt that Paleo people ate only fruit. They probably had it in moderation, as a condiment to meat and some type of starchy vegetables. So too much of a good thing is not a good thing.

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on January 29, 2013
at 02:02 PM

I have a theory -- though I don't have a proof. I am no expert so take everything I say with ... a grain of salt.

For a complete average joe, a fruitarian diet without knowing better will likely cause problems. A large amount of fructose, even if the fruits are packed with antidotes, is still toxic.

Here are three things I have observed:

1) I know two fruitarians who do pretty well. They both live in tropical regions, which has a lot of fruits that are very paleo: coconuts, avocados, durians and etc. A fruitarian on youtube Ka Sundance also recommends raw veganism only if you have access to tropical fruits. I think, with the help of these fatty fruits which also contains different micronutrients, management of both macro and micro nutrients become easier instead of just chugging fructose all day.

2) A post on paleohacks about ex-811 followers, and one had Durianrider recommend her increase her calorie intake, but also increase her exercise level to 20 miles/day, and that people who do well on Durianrider style 811 are almost all marathoners. This might be a weak link, but heavy exercises could indeed improve insulin sensitivity. It however does show that an average Joe will have problems. I doubt either Kucher or Jobs is running even 5 miles per day.

3) Steve Jobs had a rare cancer that's related to the insulin producing cells (which is, ironically the easier to treat kind), instead of the standard, very high death rate, pancreatic cancer that relates to cells that produce digestive enzymes. That is a weird coincidence that just screams fructose metabolism.

Keep in mind that correlation doesn't prove causation. However, that is a lot of coincidences, and definitely worth investigating.

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on January 29, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Wow, great answer. My take on it - I really doubt that Paleo people ate only fruit. They probably had it in moderation, as a condiment to meat and some type of starchy vegetables. So too much of a good thing is not a good thing.

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on January 30, 2013
at 01:31 AM

Well, without toothbrushes, cavemen would have teeth problems before problems in pancreas if all they ate was fruit.

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on January 29, 2013
at 08:57 PM

Kaayla Daniel (of the WAPF) has written a few very interesting blog posts about the potential effect of Steve Jobs's diet on his pancreatic disease. It's not for me to judge where his illness and, ultimately, death came from, but it's certainly worth thinking about:

i-Vegetarian 1

i-Vegetarian2

Vegan-Think

Ashton Kutcher on Jobs's diet

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on January 29, 2013
at 07:07 PM

Definitely agree on the coconut, it provides most of the fatty acids that you need. I don't know of any proper protein source from fruit though

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