Question About Food


This might sound like a stupid thing to ask but: can you kill yourself or become really unhealthy if you eat too much fruit? For clarification, I don’t mean eating only fruit, but eating an especially large quantity of fruit.

The reason I ask is I am obsessed with fruit. I love it. To death. The only way I could be vegetarian is if I could eat nothing but fruit. As I write this I’m looking at what remains of a package of raspberries, which isn’t much at all to be honest. I do this with just about all berries (blackberries, blueberries, and any other berries I can get my hands on). I also plow through ripe peaches and apricots because they are simply divine.

So, seriously, can I kill myself if I eat too much fruit? Or is it okay to eat fruit like candy?

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Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

7 thoughts on “Question About Food

  1. Weirdo. Course you can’t kill yourself that way. Experts are apparently recommending we eat 10 portions of fruit a day … I can’t even afford to buy that many. Plus I hate the taste of the sugar in fruit, it’s just icky, and the citrussy berry-y ones that don’t taste gross are too expensive to buy a lot of …

    Eat as much fruit as you want. 🙂 Just cut down on the fizzy drinks. :p

  2. Do you guys import a lot of your fruits? The weird thing is that a lot of the fruit in the Safeway by my house is imported, but it shouldn’t be. California has a lot of land dedicated to agriculture.

    But fruit isn’t cheap here either. 3.99 a pound for a lot of stuff, which adds up since a pound isn’t very much anyway.

  3. I wouldn’t worry too much about the fruit unless you don’t vary what you eat. For instance, my aunt turned my cousin orange twice as a baby from feeding her too much cantaloupe/yams/carrots.

    If you want to buy local, I find smaller non-chain produce stores and especially organic stores have more local products, and aren’t actually unreasonable cost-wise. It’s also a great way to reduce environmental impact from travel-related fuel emissions and such.

  4. gfs3: I still have problem with the candy, but thankfully I am more obsessed with fruit. I just plowed through half a bag of cherries last night.

    sara: I eat other stuff. Or I try to. I have meat and sandwiches and somewhere there are some veggies I need to eat. I just was curious if you can kill yourself from eating too much fruit :P. I eat fruit more than I eat anything else, but that’s also because fruit is like candy to me…literally.
    And I don’t necessarily want to buy local, I just notice that in California it is often cheaper to buy California-based produce rather than buying imported stuff. I don’t necessarily want things from my immediate area, but I do want to buy California stuff to save money and to help out the state, but maybe the reason the Safeway by my house only had imported is because some of the things I’m buying aren’t quite in season yet. I’ll see if there is a more local-based store somewhere around here. Usually Safeway is pretty good about having California-based produce, since they are, for the most part, a west-coast chain store (they are in the midwest and a little east, but mostly all the stores are on the west coast).

    So yeah!

  5. I doubt one would die from eating only fruit…especially if one defines fruit as anything with seeds in it: pumpkin, tomatoes, etc and the like.

    Read somewhere that a lotta the congestion in folks bodies is because we eat too many cooked foods. -C

  6. Well I imagine you could still die if you ate ONLY fruit. There are essential amino acids you need to formulate proteins and what not that are not exactly easy to find in fruits, let along veggies. That’s why we, as a species, have been eating meat for thousands of years. We’re simply fortunate now to have access to a wider variety than our ancestors had, so we can choose to be vegetarian, etc.
    But, more news that I’m not going to die from eating too much fruit. The only thing I feel bad about now is the money I’m paying for fruit *glare*

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