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When to Eat Fruits



We all know the daily recommendations of healthy consumption. They include getting as many servings of fruits and vegetables as possible. Sometimes by trying to adhere to this healthy lifestyle, we actually unknowingly hinder ourselves. Reaching those 9 servings of raw foods can seem a bit tricky, and we often simply throw a few fruits into our lunch or dinner in order to reach our daily goals. Unfortunately, though, mixing fruits with other type of foods can produce unwanted adverse effects.

There are many digestible myths floating around out there pertaining to when to eat fruits, when not to eat them, and with what-if anything-to eat them. Though many of these little rules can be beneficial, there are only a couple of them that create a large impact if they are not adhered to. The most important rule of thumb when consuming fruit is to avoid eating fruit with meals or directly after. Unfortunately, this definitely puts a damper on the delicious fruit riddled desserts so colorfully offered after a large dinner by most restaurants. But there is a rhyme to the reason, and the fruity dessert may have to either wait until later, be swapped out for chocolate cake (what a bummer), or hey-why not eaten first? Digestively speaking, fruit will wreak havoc on your insides because the enzymes of the fruit break down in the intestine and much quicker than most other foods. If the fruit is eaten after dinner for example, it will have digested much faster than the rest of the food sitting in the stomach, but it will not be able to pass through so the fruit will begin essentially rotting. This creates bloatedness from gas, discomfort, and an otherwise unbalanced digestion. Typically most fruits (aside from bananas which take about 45 minutes) contain simple sugars and so fully digest within a half an hour or even less. Other foods that contain starch, proteins, fats, etc. take much longer and sit in the stomach for long periods of time. Eating fruit during or after meals will cause the foods to mix, ultimately leaving the fruit to ferment and even rot as it waits to be digested together with the other foods. In a situation like this all the nutrients will have been a waste, which completely diminishes the purpose of consuming the fruit to begin with.

The remedy to this is simple. Just don’t eat fruit during or after meals. Ideally, fruit should be consumed on an empty stomach. Not only will this balance the body’s natural blood sugar levels, it will ensure optimum ease of digestion, and the greatest reception of the fruit’s nutrients. It is also suggested to eat fruit throughout the morning to stabilize the body’s natural energy and balance out the state of hunger while initiating the digestive system for the rest of the day. Allow at least half an hour before meals if you intend on consuming a naturally sweet snack prior to. This way, the fruit will have passed through the digestive system before it mixes with the other foods. It has also been suggested that mixing berries with dairy reduces the nutritional intake by up to 70%. This should maintain a rule of thumb for all fruits.

It is evident that fruit can be more beneficial, just like vitamins, depending on how you consume it. Though it is often advised to eat it in abundance during the first half of your day, it is great to enjoy it at any given time. The most important advise to follow is to refrain from throwing it into the mix of a regular meal, or shortly thereafter. If you can relate sweet fruit filled desserts with putrid, rotting fermentation stuck in the gut, you will most likely hold onto this suggestion just as easily as you do to the pertinence of your daily dietary servings. It seems to put things in a totally different perspective.