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The Apple or Grape Cure

In 1928, Johanna Brandt, a naturopath, wrote a little book called “The Grape Cure.”

She claimed that this “grape cure” cured her cancer. Whether this was true will never be proven, but there may still be value in mono-fruit diets.

The grape cure involves eating grapes only for several days. (I wouldn’t recommend it for more than 2-4 days at a time.)

The idea is not that this grape diet “cures” anything. The benefits come from the elimination of every other food while eating a healthy, water-rich fruit.

Instead of the grape cure, I prefer the “Apple Cleanse.”

This is the king of the mono cleanses! Following an “apple cleanse” is the easiest of all such cleanses, and also one that seems to lead to the best results.

I do not think it would be wise to eat apples only for months and years, but it’s probably very beneficial to do it for a few days.

The apple cleanse is better because apples are full of fiber and more satisfying to eat, for the same number of calories. Apples are also low on the glycemic index.

You can follow an apple diet at any time during the year.

Sample Diet

Morning: 1-2 pound of apples (of your choice)
Lunch: 1-2 pound of apples (of your choice)
Snack: 1-2 pound of apples (of your choice). Water
Dinner: 1-2 pound of apples (of your choice)

Tips and Advice

For this cleanse, peel the apples even if they are organic. Although a lot of people claim that most of the nutrients are found in the peel, when you eat pounds of apples at once it will be easier to digest them without their tough skin.


Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets.