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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Should fruit be consumed before or after meals?..

Should fruit be consumed before or after meals?..

Fruits are not just tasty and easily available, merely one of nature’s potent sources of vitamins, minerals and a host of other nutrients. Eating these super foods at the proper time and with the right combination of other foods can go a long way in ensuring that your body fully absorbs all the vitamins, fiber and healthy carbohydrates that it requires to function in good health. Ancient Ayurvedic texts are very descriptive on how to find the best out of fruits without having unwanted side effects.

Raw fruits contain rich fiber and simple sugars which require more time to be digested and absorbed. When taken after other foods (especially “digestion intensive” foods) this operation is delayed and cause bloating, gas, heartburn, and other digestive problems, as the fruit ferments while waiting to be digested.

The best time to eat your favorite fruits is either first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, or as a mid-morning snack, in between breakfast and lunch (about 1 hour before a meal, or 2 hours after your meal). And avoid eating fruit close to bedtime as the sugar spikes up your energy and will keep you awake and alert.

Do not eat fruits in excess as fruits have their own calories that add to the other calorie dense foods to make it a double whammy and will backfire on your health. As other foods prevent fruits to be digested efficiently so also a fruit-based diet will prevent nutrition absorption from foods such as vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy foods.

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