Saturday, 11 February 2012

The Right Way to Eat Fruits

We are camping today and it feels so great.  The weather seems to be promising since it's sunny outside, but knowing Singapore for its intermittent weather condition, we won't know if it will rain at any point of the day until it really does.  We'll just have to hope that the weather will be good all throughout the day till tomorrow morning.

Anyway, I found another interesting article about the proper way of eating fruits which I have lifted from the website of  "The Times of India ( )" entitled The Right Way to Eat Fruits

Well I have read a few articles about the proper way of eating fruit years ago and I can't seem to see the web links anymore.  Since then I've been following a regimen when it comes to eating fruits, like, I eat fruits on an empty stomach and I usually don't mix fruits together or with other non-fruit foods.  Like, if I eat orange the next fruit I eat that is a non-orange, for example banana will be after an hour after consuming the orange.  Or if I eat banana, the next non-banana I eat will be after 2 hours.  Otherwise, my stomach will go haywire - that is I get a bloated and gassy stomach and I fart a lot but I don't poop.

The reason behind, as per my memory could recall which was explained in the articles I had read is that, fruits are easy to digest (citrus fruits - an hour; bananas - 2 hours; other sweet fruits - an hour) It takes at least 4 hours for non-fruit food to be digested.  Meats, specially red meat takes longer hours to be digested (like 24 hours specially beef!).  When fruits are combined with non-fruit food, the fruit doesn't go straight to the intestines from the stomach, , which normally happens when it's taken on an empty stomach.  It stays with the other food inside the stomach and is digested along with the other non-fruit food which is longer, causing the fruit to ferment. WHICH causes the bloating and the gassy feeling and the farting.  Not only that, the nutrients coming from the fruits won't be properly absorbed. That holds the same with all fruits like citrus fruits.  You get stomach ache, or you become bloated and gassy when you eat citrus fruits not because they are acidic but because you eat these fruits in combination with other non-citrus fruit food.  Citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, ponkan) becomes alkaline when taken in in our body, and not acidic, specially when taken in on an empty stomach. But when they combine with other non-citrus fruits, they ferment, making them acidic, and you already know what happens next.

Here are some of my personal tips in the proper way of eating fruits.  These is for the proper digestion and propoer nutrient-absorption of the fruits:

  1. Drink freshly squeeze (or squeezed the night before) citrus juices from lemon, oranges, grapefruit, lime, calamansi, etc.  upon rising in the morning on an empty stomach.  I usually do this before brushing my teeth.  I eat my breakfast at least an hour after.
  2. Eat fruits for breakfast.
  3. If you eat citrus fruits, give at least an hour for your stomach to digest it and absorb its nutrients before you eat other foods or non-citrus fruits.  Make sure also that your last non-fruit food was taken at least 2-4 hours before you eat citrus fruits.
  4. When eating sweet fruits like apples, melon, watermelon, etc. except for bananas, make sure that your last food was taken at least 2-4 hours after.  Eat the non-sweet fruits, including bananas and citrus fruits, or any other food at least an hour after consuming it.
  5. If you want to include fruits in your meals, please follow numbers 4 & 5.
There's no harm in trying these right?  It will do you more good than harm I believe.  You can also consult your physician before doing any of the above if you wish :-)  Do read the article below relative to this for additional information.

 © Fresha-licious (11February2012)

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The right way to eat fruits

Sumitra Nair, Health Me Up Nov 29, 2011, 11.54AM IST

You love your bowl of strawberries and yogurt after dinner or prefer your melon wrapped in ham. But can you really have fruit any way you want to?

Is it enough to eat them frequently, or is there a right way to eat fruits? Is it okay to eat fruits as dessert right after a meal? Nutritionist, Naini Setalvad tells us what the right way to eat fruits is.

When should I eat fruits? The best time to eat fruits is first thing in the morning after a glass of water. Eating fruits right after a meal is not a great idea, as it may not be digested properly. The nutrients may not be absorbed properly either.

You need to leave a gap of at least 30 minutes between a meal and a fruit snack. Ideally, one should eat fruits an hour before the meal or two hours after, if they have diabetes or any other digestive problem like acidity. This is because, sometimes, diabetes is accompanied with digestive problems.

Can I mix fruits with other foods? You can mix fruit with yogurt or salt as long as you do not have any digestive problems like indigestion or acidity. You can also mix fruits like pineapple, oranges, melons or pomegranate with salads if you like. There is no harm in mixing berries and dry fruits with cereals either.

Shelf-life of common fruits

Banana: Three-four days
Apple: Up to a week
Pears: Five-six days
Papayas: Two-three days (depends on how ripe the papayas are to begin with)
Chickoos: Two days (depends on the ripeness)

Most other ripe fruits have a shelf life of up to three days if stored in the refrigerator. Here are more tips on the right way to store fruits and vegetables.

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1 comment:

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