Ashton Kutcher Diet: What Is Fruitarianism And Why Did It Land Him In The Hospital?

By Megan Schaefer on January 28, 2013 9:25 AM EST

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Kutcher's imitation of Jobs ended up getting him stuck in the hospital for two days. (Photo: Reuters)

Ashton Kutcher's diet has landed him in the hospital ... but why? Well, after the "Two and a Half Men" star got the role of Steve Jobs in the movie "jOBS," Kutcher decided to embody the character of the Apple co-founder on and off camera.

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The Daily News reported that in order for Kutcher to prepare for his role as Jobs, he would need to become a fruitarian just like his role model.

"He's a guy who failed and got back on the horse," Kutcher said. "I think we can all sort of relate to that at some point in life."

Fruitarianism is a diet that involves the practice of eating fruits, nuts and seeds, no animal products, vegetables and grains. This diet is even more strict that veganism or raw veganism.

Although being a fruitarian can improve health, in some extreme cases it would lead to problematic issues like deficiencies in calcium, protein, iron, zinc, vitamin D and B. In addition, the Health Promotion Program at Columbia reported that food restrictions in general could lead to hunger, cravings, food obsessions, social disruptions and social isolation.

Two days before "jOBS" was filmed, Kutcher's health was decreasing and he ended up in the hospital.

"First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues. I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain," Kutcher stated.

The actor added that his pancreas levels were "completely out of whack".

"It was really terrifying ... considering everything," Kutcher said referring to Jobs who died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 5, 2011.

The Sundance film, which closed the night on Friday, is the first of two biopics about the entrepreneur's life.

The storyline begins before the company, Apple, was created to show the struggles of the founders.

Kutcher not only practiced the diet of Jobs but also studied his dialect and body movements to really capture Jobs' persona.

Kutcher stated that he felt like he was throwing himself into the gauntlet by playing this technological icon.

"I know, massive amounts of criticism because somebody's going to go 'well, it wasn't exactly ...'" Kutcher stated.

I think we should give Kutcher some credit. I mean the guy ate only fruit for the making of this movie before getting seriously ill. Guess an apple a day doesn't keep the doctor away!

Ashton Kutcher tweeted: ‏@aplusk -- Get ready, "jOBS" hits theaters April 19th https://www.facebook.com/thejobsmovie

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