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Subject:         Re: Check out The Dangers of the 80/10/10 Diet - Fiterazzi
Date: December 27, 2015 at 11:25 am PST

In Reply to: Check out The Dangers of the 80/10/10 Diet - Fiterazzi posted by marissa on December 27, 2015 at 11:07 am:

The Dangers of the 80/10/10 Diet By Sara Wasabi |
February 3, 2014 62 Comments 14
It’s impossible to flip through Instagram or
Pinterest without coming across some truly beautiful
photography of rainbows of fruit arranged in such an
artistic manner. Andy Warhol would be jealous. I
call it “fruit pop-art.”

These accounts exhibit oozing layered smoothies,
brightly hued platters of perfectly arranged lime
green kiwis, sun-colored pineapple and hot pink
dragon-fruit, so picturesque you can’t even imagine
they’re edible.

Fruit is great. I couldn’t go a day without it and
eat 2-5 servings a day, depending on the season and
where I am. If I don’t eat enough fruit, I’ll crave
it the way people crave chocolate. I love fruit so
much that last year I decided, “I could literally
live off fruit – it’s healthy, it’s delicious, it’s
light – I wonder how amazing I’d feel if this was
all I ate?”

Like many others, I became infatuated by the raw
vegan lifestyle, without realizing that too much of
a good thing can be a very, very bad thing.

What is 80-10-10?

The 80-10-10 Diet: Balancing Your Health, Your
Weight and Your Life, One Luscious Bite at a Time,
written by Douglas Graham, states that the ideal
ratio of nutrients for optimum health is 80% carbs
(from only fruits and green leafy vegetables), 10%
protein (from nuts) and 10% fat (from avocado and

More specifically, 90-97% of one’s daily calories
should consist of sweet and non-sweet fruit, 2-6%
should be tender leafy greens and celery and 0-8%
consists of “everything else” including fatty
fruits, nuts, seeds and non-leafy green vegetables
like broccoli, cabbage or tomatoes.

He states that fruit is nature’s perfect food, as it
does not need to be altered in any way. You eat it
the way it grew right on the tree, without cooking
or adding anything to it. “He’s totally right,” I
thought, “We lived for thousands of years off fruit
and we were fine. Plus no other food contains as
many nutritional benefits as fruit. There are
totally tribes in Papa New Guinea that still live
off fruit and they’re doing awesome.”

These 80-10-10-ers seemed to have health figured
out. I came across a blogger claiming her eyes
changed color by eating fully raw (how is that even
possible?), and another with a perfectly chiseled 6-
pack who claims she eats 30 bananas a day. 30
bananas a day?! How does that even fit inside you

They each had unique stories about how they lost
weight, ran a marathon, cured cancer and all these
other remarkable accomplishments only by eating
fully raw. It sounded too good to be true. Was this
the secret to everlasting youth and energy that
we’ve all been waiting for? I had to try it out.

So I would start my days seeing how long I could go
fully raw. I began my day with several apples, then
packed some berries as a snack and had 3 bananas for
lunch. In the afternoon, I’d make a green smoothie
with tons of kale or spinach then have a big green
salad using avocado instead of oil. But I was always
craving desserts and never really felt satisfied
with my meals. I wanted something warm and
substantial but told myself it was just mental and
some more fruit would hit the spot. Late at night
I’d crave peanut-butter and what started as a spoon
in my smoothie ended up being an entire jar on my
spoon. My body craved protein, salt and essential
fatty acids because it wasn’t getting it from
anywhere else, causing my peanut-butter binges.

Graham states that one should eat a single kind of
fruit at a time in large quantities, called a mono
meal, such as 10 bananas or 4 pounds of watermelon.
He claims our bodies can best digest one food at a
time and that it was necessary to eat huge portions
of fruit to get your daily caloric needs in. I knew
the diet wasn’t for me before I had ever gotten to
that point but I was shocked to find communities of
people eating pounds of a single fruit a day.

The Not So Sweet Side of Following 80-10-10

I decided to read into the forums and found hundreds
of posts of confused people wondering what they’re
doing wrong. They’re gaining weight instead of
losing, suffering from acne, skin infections, low
energy, irregular periods, muscle loss, memory fog
and more. Others even wrote about more serious
conditions such as liver dysfunction, memory loss,
jaundice and candida (which I will write more about
soon). There were even websites dedicated to how the
80-10-10 diet destroyed people’s health!

Countless videos were posted of people stating that
they have gained substantial weight after following
the diet religiously for months, even though they
were told it was just temporary water weight while
their bodies “flushed themselves” from toxins. They
refuted, “this isn’t bloating, this is literal fat
all over my body.” The reason many gain weight on
80-10-10 is because sugar raises your insulin
levels, causing you to store the excess energy as
fat on your body. Without adequate protein and fat,
your blood sugar rockets.

Kapha Side Effects

Too much sugar has Kapha side-effects on our bodies.
We become inflamed, mucusy, depressed, irritable and
infected. Candida overgrowth is a symptom of excess
Kapha, caused by consuming an imbalance of
carbohydrates. When all we eat is fruit, it ferments
in our bodies, causing an overgrowth of the fungus
“Candida.” Candida, formed of yeast, is present
naturally in your body, helping us digest food and
absorb nutrients. But what happens when candida goes


When fueled with lots of sugar, candida breaks down
the intestine walls and releases toxins into the
blood stream, causing all types of Kapha symptoms
such as digestive issues, autoimmune diseases, skin
and fungal infections, depression, exhaustion,
difficulty concentrating, eczema, psoriasis, hives,
rashes, irritability, anxiety, vaginal infections,
urinary tract infections, vaginal itching, seasonal
allergies and further sugar cravings, which will
further make the Candida grow. Yikes.

Many 80-10-10-ers experience Candida overgrowth
because they are literally living off sugar. The
only way to starve off the candida without starving
the body is to eliminate all sugars from the diet,
and instead eat more food with the 6 tastes found in
vegetables, proteins, whole grains, yogurt,
fermented foods and healthy oils.

Vata Side-Effects

The 80-10-10 diet also causes an increase of Vata in
our bodies, as it did to mine. On the raw vegan
diet, many feel cold and weak all the time, which is
a symptom of anemia and inadequate healthy fats.
One may also feel forgetful, moody, anxious or
instable, all Vata symptoms. Not eating enough whole
grains can cause hair loss, digestive problems,
nervous system disorders, illness, autoimmune
disease, low blood sugar and low blood pressure.
Staying on an 80-10-10 diet long term can also lead
to reproductive failure, beginning with missed
periods and eventually causing infertility. Raw
foods are difficult to digest, causing bloating, gas
and constipation, which can lead to Vata health
problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis later in

Keep in mind that a diet that works for one person
may be poison for another. While Pitta people can do
the best on the raw vegan lifestyle, the 80-10-10
high carb, low-fat raw vegan lifestyle is not
healthy for anyone long-term.

Why We Need Oils and Healthy Fats

Oils aren’t allowed on the 80-10-10 diet, which is
extremely harmful for our health, as oils lubricate
our bodies. We need unsaturated fats and Omega 3
fatty acids to supply hormones, build muscle,
decrease cholesterol, rev our metabolism and burn
calories. Think: if you aren’t eating any fat, how
is your body going to burn fat? It will have to hold
on to whatever fat it has.

Healthy fats also increase the absorption of
nutrients found in other foods. According to a study
conducted by The American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, after eating an oil-free salad of
lettuce, spinach, carrots and tomatoes, people
absorbed little of the phytochemicals beta-carotene,
alpha-carotene and lycopene.

This shows how interrelated foods all are. We can’t
survive on a simple food group because our bodies
require a complete, balanced diet to absorb all the
nutrients that it needs. We can’t survive without
protein, iron, iodine, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin
b-12, vitamin D and calcium, which aren’t even found
in fruit.

Eating Locally and Seasonally

People began blindly following the diet without
first assessing their body types, environments and
energy levels. While an active Pitta living in Costa
Rica would be fine eating the local pineapple,
coconuts and bananas all day because they’re burning
it off surfing, a Vata living in cold Boston during
the winter months who’s studying all day (me) will
suffer eating foods that aren’t warming and
seasonal. This is the reason I felt fatigued,
cloudy, weak and cold on the raw food diet.

Notice winter fruits like cranberries and apples
contain much less water than summer fruits like
watermelon. That’s because nature designed for us to
eat the correct fruits at the correct time of year.
Drinking coconut water in the winter is far too
cooling and eating stewed apples in the summer can
make you overheated.

Because of international trade, we’re eating dragon-
fruit from Thailand in the middle of winter (imagine
the food miles on that), which is not properly
nourishing for our bodies. We forget to focus on
what’s local and seasonal, which is what will be
best for us during that time of year.

The Six Tastes

While fruits are great, they shouldn’t be the only
things we eat. By eating just a certain food group
and eliminating all the others, we are causing an
imbalance in our body, which is the root of all
disease according to Ayurveda.

In Ayurveda, each meal should consist of 6 tastes:
sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent
in order to be balanced.

Sweet foods calm the nervous system, causing our
brains to send out a reward signal saying “Keep
eating that. That feels good.” Fruits are naturally
sweet because they were always safe foods for the
cavemen to eat, unlike raw root vegetables and
mushrooms, plus they were high in sugar and
calories. The human body was engineered for
survival, so it makes us feel “happy” when we eat
carbohydrates because we can use those calories for
energy when we need it. However, when we don’t use
that energy, we store it as fat, which is why many
who tried the 80-10-10 lifestyle put on substantial

It’s easy to be attracted to the 80-10-10 lifestyle
because we physically feel good eating all these
fruits, but we can’t only eat foods that trigger a
reward signal to our brains. Contrary to popular
belief, the “cavemen” did not follow an 80-10-10
diet. Imagine if a caveman sat around only eating
fruit all day. He wouldn’t have enough protein to
build muscle, therefore wouldn’t have the strength
to run, jump and hunt. His teeth would decay from
all that sugar (a common side effect of the 80-10-10
diet is an increase in cavities) and his brain
wouldn’t function properly from a deficiency in
essential fatty acids.

Just because we enjoy eating sugar doesn’t mean it’s
all we should eat. We miss out on the bitter,
pungent, astringent, sour and salty tastes necessary
in a healthy diet.

Bitter foods, like turmeric, barley, basil and dark
leafy greens, detoxify the body, decrease water
retenton, enhance mineral absorbtion, lighten the
tissue and prevent cancer.
Pungent foods like ginger, onions or garlic,
stimulate the digestion, clear the sinuses and
increase metabolism.
Astringent foods, like lentils, absorb water, cool
the body and helping dry out our fat.
Salty foods, like sea vegetables or Pink Himalayan
Sea Salt, lubricate the body, enhance digestion and
stimulate the appetite.
Sour foods, like lemon, cleanse our body, improve
digestion and help increase mineral absorbency.
Now if all we eat are sweet foods, we are missing
out on all the health benefits present in the other
tastes. Sweet tastes increase moisture in the body,
which is why fruits relieve dehydration, but too
much can also lead to heaviness, excess mucus and an
increase of reproductive fluids.

Eating for Longevity

While it’s great to add fruit to your diet,
especially for a cleanse, it’s not a good long-term
option because your body needs more grounding foods.
A raw food diet is lacking in spices such as
turmeric, ginger, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon,
asafetida, and more which are each anti-cancerous,
anti-inflammatory and contain antioxidants.

I had this misconception that the healthiest people
in the worlds lived off a raw vegan diet, fueled by
false claims that raw foodists stated about
communities where people lived over 50 years more
than the average life expectancy just from eating
raw. I would tell this to my mom when she got mad
because I wasn’t eating rice and instead having
another smoothie for dinner.

But now, I think critically. Instead of believing
what I hear, I research it.

The people of the Okinawa Islands in southern Japan
have the longest life expectancy and are more likely
to reach 100 than any other people in the world. So
what is the Okinawa Diet? Much research has been
done on what these people are putting into their
mouths, which are fresh green and yellow vegetables,
seaweed, tofu, purple sweet potato, rice, legumes,
fruit and small amounts of fish. They eat 30% less
sugar than the rest of the Japanese population and
eat most of their food stir-fried or steamed.

In fact, if you look at the communities with the
longest life expectancies, like small fishing towns
in Japan or yogi villages in India, they actually
eat mostly steamed rice and simply prepared
vegetables with minimal raw foods. Cooking can
actually be beneficial, increasing the amount of
nutrients in certain vegetables and making it easier
to digest.

According to Disease Proof‘s article Cold Truth
about Raw Food Diets, “Contrary to what many raw-
food web sites claim, the enzymes contained in the
plants we eat do not catalyze chemical reactions
that occur in humans. The plant enzymes merely are
broken down into simpler molecules by our own
powerful digestive juices. Even when the food is
consumed raw, plant enzymes do not aid in their own
digestion inside the human body. It is not true that
eating raw food demands less enzyme production by
your body, and dietary enzymes inactivated by
cooking have an insignificant effect on your health
and your body’s enzymes.”

The oldest health systems, Ayurveda and Macrobiotics
both warn against following a raw vegan diet, saying
it creates imbalances in the body leading to long-
term health problems. Raw foods are extremely
expansive (yin), making it hard for people on the
raw vegan diet to stay grounded (yang). Up to 30% of
your daily calories can be raw, but make sure to
incorporate grains and other warm foods into your
diet to balance the yin with the yang.

It’s important to learn from thousands of years of
experience instead of fad diets circulating the
Internet. Ayurveda has existed for 5000 years and
been perfected through the trial and error of
billions of people over years. Life is all about
striking a balance and our diets should be no
different. No entire food group should be
eliminated, nor should one consist of our entire
diet. Continue to eat fruit everyday but make sure
it’s seasonal and keep eating all the other good
stuff too.

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