All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

Vegetarians, those who avoid meat, represent 5% of the US population, and vegans, additionally avoiding dairy and eggs, 2%.

Vegetarian diets confer protection against

  • cardiovascular diseases,
  • cardiometabolic risk factors,
  • some cancers, 
  • total mortality.

Compared to lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets, vegan diets seem to offer additional protection for

  • obesity,
  • hypertension,
  • type-2 diabetes, 
  • cardiovascular mortality.

Males experience greater health benefits than females. 

Simone Weil

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Phenylalanine

Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid.

Provided by diet, phenylalanine can be converted into another amino acid, tyrosine, in the body. Tyrosine is used to synthesize two key neurotransmitters that promote alertness: dopamine and norepinephrine. 

It has 3 forms:

  • D-phenylalanine;
  • L-phenylalanine - most common, the form in which phenylalanine is incorporated into the body’s proteins;
  • DL-phenylalanine.

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