Why Ashton Kutcher’s “Steve Jobs Diet” Sent Him to the Hospital

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Ashton Kutcher knew that playing Steve Jobs in the autobiographical film Jobs would definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But the 35-year-old actor might not have known exactly what he was signing up for. In addition to learning about the man behind the world’s leading technology company, he also wanted to truly get into the mind of the company’s leader by following the fruitarian diet, more commonly known as the “Steve Jobs diet.”

Following a fruitarian diet involves only eating fruits, nuts, and seeds—no animal products, vegetables, or grains allowed—although the majority of your diet would consist of eating just fruits. One of the most famous fruitarians was Steve Jobs, which has led many people to call the fruitarian diet the Steve Jobs diet. He became famous for his particular eating habits, including following many extreme diets throughout his life.

There’s no clear scientific data about the benefits of the fruitarian diet. Some proponents say that the fruitarian diet is healthy, considering fruits contain many essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are necessary for keeping the body functioning properly. But this strict diet also means you’re devoid of any of the benefits one would normally get from grains, vegetables, and animal products.

The detriments of the fruitarian diet were, perhaps, proven quite clearly when Ashton Kutcher attempted to follow this Steve Jobs diet for his latest film. He said that after following the strict fruitarian diet for a few days, he was hospitalized and in pain with pancreatic problems. Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011.

Besides the fact that you cannot possibly get all the nutrients you need just from fruit, the fruitarian diet also poses other problems as well: many fruits are filled with fructose, and while this sugar may be natural, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you.

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Subsiding on the fruitarian diet basically means you’re living on an all-fructose diet, which is really just sugar, and has been linked to elevated levels of inflammation, high blood pressure, and the onset of metabolic syndrome. Many people suspect that the Steve Jobs diet played a role in his rapidly declining health.

Would you try a fruitarian diet?

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