Fruits are good for you, yes? They are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and other wholesome nutrients. If your diet is made up of just fruits though, you might be out of your mind. Ashton Kutcher was when he started eating only fruits for a film role.
Kutcher stars in the upcoming film “jOBS,” in which he plays the late Steve Jobs. In order for Kutcher to look like the skinny and lanky Jobs, he had to shed some weight and do it fast. Jobs had been known to practice odd eating habits, which influenced Kutcher’s diet. There was a time when Jobs gave up meat and only ate fruit, and that’s how Kutcher found the Fruitarian Diet .
For a couple of months, Ashton ate nothing but fruit to lose weight. Then, right before filming, it is reported that he was hospitalized because of serious health issues. The actor said, “I was like doubled over in pain, and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was completely terrifying considering everything.” Kutcher concluded that his hospitalization was due to his strict fruit diet.
Our resident dietitian, Mary Hartley, RD, mentions the dangers of the Fruitarian Diet, saying, “Devotees say it promotes good health, vitality and inner happiness, but it actually produces deficiencies of protein, essential fatty acid, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin D, and most of the B vitamins, especially vitamin B-12.”
This isn’t the first time Ashton has tried a crazy fad diet. In the summer of 2010, Ashton started the Master Cleanse with his then wife, Demi Moore, and even tweeted about it.
9 hrs into the master cleanse. I want a steak, a beer, and a blow-pop. Hmmm this is gonna be rough.
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 11, 2010
The Master Cleanse is rough indeed, consuming nothing but a maple syrup, lemon, and cayenne pepper concoction for ten days is insane.
Stars are known for going to extremes to get in to character for their roles. Most recently we saw Anne Hathaway nearly wither away because of a diet so poor she refused to share the details for fear of glamorizing it. Maybe it’s time for Ashton to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine. He has been seen in and out of yoga classes. We’d rather see him rocking a healthy six packthan looking malnourished. Which is why he should heed this final advice from Mary.
“Any diet that excludes major food groups is never a good idea.”
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