All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

Fruit plants never get paid for producing our food, unless we spread their seed in their habitat. Latest edition: Fruit plants never get paid for producing our food – the flesh of the fruits, unless we spread seeds of the fruits we have eaten into their species' habitat.

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Lena Nechet
+1 # Lena Nechet 2018-01-05 11:18
Welcome, Toni!
I guess, plants do not consciously participate in our economies :) I think we should pay them back for the fruit with care and protection.
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Тони
+1 # Тони 2018-02-10 15:05
Well, Lena, the necessary and sufficient care and protection for the plants, from us – the fruit eaters, is to give the chance for their seeds, which have been taken away within the fruits we eat, to reproduce their respective species, wherever, whenever and however those/they may grow on their own.
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Lena Nechet
0 # Lena Nechet 2018-02-10 15:32
Well, that's one way to look at it.
I see plants as individual beens, not like a mechanical element of their species. As with animals, I will treat individuals with respect and try to do my reasonable best to help them flourish. I do not see it as my responsibility or ability, however, to ensure their plentiful procreation. I have an article about it on this site.
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Тони
0 # Тони 2018-02-11 17:53
I don't feel like having implied a “mechanical element” concept. I guess you mention it to your liking, Lena.

Fruit plants produce our food naturally without our intervention. They don't ask for help. What they do but, without asking us, is putting their seeds in the fruits. This apparently shows what they rely upon for procreation; which is what we naturally can help them with, easily.

I say “give the chance ... to reproduce ... on their own”, not “ensure ... plentiful ...”, once again, Lena.
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Тони
0 # Тони 2018-02-11 17:57
So, which one is the article you mention, Lena?
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Тони
0 # Тони 2018-02-14 04:13
Guessing the article is “Seeds in Fruitarian Diet?”.
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George Bernard Shaw

The thought of two thousand people crunching celery at the same time horrified me.

Protein Structure, Cooked and Denatured Proteins

Proteins are chains of amino acids. The sequence of amino acids in a chain is known as the primary structure of a protein. The chains fold up to form complex three dimensional shapes. The chains can fold on themselves locally (secondary structure) and wrap around themselves to form a specific three dimensional shape (tertiary structure).

The secondary / tertiary structure of a folded protein is directly related to its function. For example, enzymes are proteins that catalyze reactions. They have binding sites that interact with other molecules. These binding sites are created through the folding of the amino acid chains that gives rise to the three dimensional shape of the enzyme.

Denatured Protein

Denaturation of proteins involves the disruption and possible destruction of both the secondary and tertiary structures. Since denaturation reactions are not strong enough to break the peptide bonds, the primary structure (sequence of amino acids) remains the same after a denaturation process. Denaturation disrupts the normal sheets in a protein and uncoils it into a random shape.

Denaturation occurs because the bonding interactions responsible for the secondary structure (hydrogen bonds to amides) and tertiary structure are disrupted. In tertiary structure there are four types of bonding interactions between "side chains" including: hydrogen bonding, salt bridges, disulfide bonds, and non-polar hydrophobic interactions. which may be disrupted. 

Proteins can be denatured through exposure to heat or chemicals. Denatured proteins lose their three dimensional structure and thus their function. 

Digestion of Proteins and Cooking

Protein digestion begins in the stomach, where the acidic environment favors protein denaturation. Denatured proteins are more accessible as substrates for proteolysis than are native proteins. The primary proteolytic enzyme of the stomach is pepsin, a nonspecific protease that is maximally active at pH 2. Thus, pepsin can be active in the highly acidic environment of the stomach, even though other proteins undergo denaturation there.

Heat disrupts hydrogen bonds and non-polar hydrophobic interactions. This occurs because heat increases the kinetic energy and causes the molecules to vibrate so rapidly and violently that the bonds are disrupted

Foods are cooked to denature the proteins to make it easier for enzymes to digest them. Cooking food denatures some of the proteins in it and makes digestion more efficient. Heating to denature proteins in bacteria and thus destroy the bacteria.

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