Just Nuts For Fruit
BY ROBERT MEAKIN
|Just Nuts For Fruit
BY ROBERT MEAKIN
Phil won't eat anything else
SUPERFIT canoeist Philip Madeley goes bananas for a bowl of fruit.
The 22-Year -old Manchester Metropolitan University student has no
need for a cooker at home - because he lives entirely on a raw food diet.
NOTHING but the zest: Student Philip Madeley has no need for a cooker at his
Prestwich home because he only ever eats a healthy diet of raw fruit and veg.
Philip of St Ann's Road Prestwich, is one of Britain's 350
registered who only eat raw fruit, berries and nuts.
Strict fruitarians will not eat anything that involves the death of
a plan, but Philip admits he does eat some raw vegetables.
"In the past I would have had cereal for breakfast, sandwiches
for lunch, meat and two veg for tea, " he said " Now I eat 75% fruit - apples,
orange, avocado's - and the rest is nuts seeds and raw vegetables like carrots and
Other sportsmen may think he is bananas, but Philip says he feels
like a new man since he stopped eating cooked vegetables 11 months ago.
"I feel great. Before becoming a fruitarian I used to feel
tired and get headaches - but now that's all gone" he said. "I have no problems
at all. I don't miss any foods, my family are very supportive and my sister looks on me as
a role model."
Karen Knowler , of the Fresh Network, believes more and more people
will eventually change to a raw diet.
But Barbara Dennison, a nutritionist at Manchester Metropolitan
University is skeptical about the benefits of an all fruit diet.
She said: "There is evidence that if you eat a diet high in
fruit and fibre, it is protective against cancer. But that is not an exclusive fruitarian
diet. The ideal thing is a balance of meat and vegetables."
Picture: MARK WAUGH