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I have a very simple question: Can you replace vegetables with fruits in your diet? As in, eat no vegetables instead eat lots of fruit? I dislike vegetables, my body literally rejects them for some reason, not to mention I have very few types of vegetables available in the country I live in, but instead we have fruit.

Can you have a perfectly healthy diet with no vegetables but with fruits instead?

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From the evidence I've seen - high-fruit diets are generally not healthy. Fructose is becoming more obvious as not being a "healthy" form of sugar.

10 Reasons why Fructose is Bad
The Fructose Index is the new Glycemic Index
Fructose versus Glucose

Note that those articles are generally talking about fructose added to other foods - fruit is slightly better, given that it has vitamins, fiber, and is absorbed slower than, say, a soft drink. Still, eating excessive amounts of fruit will give you lots of fructose, which isn't recommended.

Check out the books/articles at another answer of mine for some recommendations for good food plans. They generally include both meat and vegetables (and fish, and eggs...)

Disclaimer: As you will find on any question of diet/nutrition (or exercise, or politics, or...) - there is no consensus, no "right" answer. (Nor am I a doctor or nutritionist, this post not to be taken internally).

For an opposing view of how great fruit is - see 30 Bananas a Day.

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  • I didn't actually plan to address this, but after the other answer... – John C Jan 9 '12 at 20:05
  • Thanks. I do admit the other answer is... well, just plain dumb. – Bugster Jan 9 '12 at 20:06
  • Fructose as an additive sugar is NOT HEALTHY. But eating fruits, which of course have fructose content, is not problematic, since it has lots of fibers. – Jauzsika Jan 10 '12 at 11:12
  • @Jauzsika, fiber is helpful, as I did mention - but it doesn't magically make all the fructose disappear. At best, it raises the threshold on how much fructose you can safely consume. According to the first link, more than 100g of sugar from fruit a day, would be "problematic". Is it right? That's why I said there is no consensus. :) Some researchers think too much fructose (in any form, even fruit) is dangerous - others don't. Believe who you want to... – John C Jan 10 '12 at 13:54
  • I believe in this video: youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM – Jauzsika Jan 10 '12 at 14:37

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