What is the Right Time to Eat Fruits?
Eating fruits during the day, can keep diseases at a bay
Now the question comes to our mind why are we asked to eat fruits and can we eat these fruits throughout the day?
Let us find out—
Fruits are recommended for boosting energy, getting rid of constipation, maximizing our nutrient intake and for a healthy skin. It is such a hassle free food which one can easily eat as our body requires 3-4 servings of fruit per day. But is it as easy to eat as it seems? Does eating fruit is beneficial or can it harm our body?
The benefits of eating fruit depend on the time and way of eating the fruit. It has been proved by scientific studies that the best time to eat fruits is in the morning with an empty stomach.
The digestive system works efficiently in an empty stomach and there is maximum absorption of nutrients, fibre and sugar from the fruit.
Now let us see what happens if we tend to eat fruits with other foods at the same time—
- The digestion will become slow and the fruits can be held in the stomach for too long causing fruit ferment in the gut.
- This gut fermentation can lead to other problems like bloating, heartburn, diarrhoea and burping.
- Even fruit smoothies with a meal are a strict no- no.
Eating fruit early in the morning can be a great kick-start to begin the day. One will get a quick energy boost and nourishment and promote overall happiness. It can also help in weight loss and keep the body in shape.
30 minutes before or after lunch, pre-workout and post-workout are the best times to eat fruit if one cannot eat fruit in the morning.
Precautions While Eating Fruits:
- Eat fresh fruits
- Do not Do not consume milk or curd with fruits as milk has 80% casein protein , so when milk and fruits are taken together casein will accumulate and precipitate in the body which can lead to indigestion and diarrhoea. According to Ayurveda, sour fruits should not be combined with dairy products. This can change the intestinal flora which produces toxins leading to cold, cough and allergies. Adding little cinnamon, raisins and honey can be used with curd. Citrus fruits shouldn’t be added to raita, custard or fruit cream as these can create problems for the intestinal flora, other fruits like banana, apple and pomegranate can make it healthy.
- Avoid eating anything for half an hour after eating fruits
- Do not eat acidic fruits like citrus fruits early in the morning, eat bananas, apples and mangoes only as citrus may cause acidity in the morning.
- Nothing should be eaten while eating melon or watermelon as they have high water content and digestion may become difficult.
- Eat seasonal fruits only for better results. Eat seasonal fruits only for better results.
People suffering from diabetes should not eat fruit early in the morning only 1-2 hrs before or after meals People having prediabetes are at a risk of developing diabetes as prediabetic blood sugar level in the morning is 100-125mg/dl. Fruits with high carbohydrate level are difficult to digest on an empty stomach and can cause elevation of blood sugar levels. Diabetics have high sugar levels when fasted and eating fruit in the morning can elevate their levels drastically.
- No fruit should be eaten after 2 in the afternoon The theory behind this is eating fruit after 2 raises blood sugar and cannot be stabilized before bed time leading to a weight gain
- Fruits should be eaten with fibre, skin and flesh intact
- People with kidney disease should eat low potassium fruits like apples, papaya, pear and guava
- People with diabetes should eat fruits like apples, berries, kiwis, peaches, apricots and oranges
- Fruits like pineapple, grapes, pomegranate and papaya should be eaten only with only with an empty stomach
- People with I.B.S (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) should avoid apples, bananas and oranges
- Fruits are a powerhouse of nutrients like Vitamin C, B5, B6, K and E but to get the full nutrition one should keep in mind the proper time to consume fruits.