Fruits- How to Eat Them
Some Digestible Information
This information is not tested by me and as with any other message we give others, we are doing so usually for informational purposes. It is said that we do not eat our fruits the right way and I know that I do not. I am rethinking the way I choose and eat fruits from now on.
I have a tendency to buy fruit, wash it, put it into the frig until I get ready to eat it. There is not a certain time that I plan on eating this fruit. I eat it as the notice strikes me. In fact, I do not eat fruit as much as I should and I may eat it during the afternoon for a snack, or after dinner, before bedtime. Not thinking and not knowing that actually it is best that I eat my fruit before my meals or at least 3.5 to 4 hours after eating a meal. Well, having studied this subject a little I am about to rethink how I am processing my diet and if I am doing it to better my health and if I am eating it correctly. It is important to know what the best method for digesting the fruit I eat and when it is best to consume it.
Fruits have the largest amount of water and more than any other food. In addition to the vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, amino acids and fatty acids that a human requires; these necessities can be derived from fruits. When a fruit eaten correctly; there is nothing more beneficial. For those who desire to watch their weight, the proper comsumption of fruit is essential. The stated reason is the sugar content in the fruit. A study indicates that a particular substance in some fruits could cut the risk of heart diseases or heart attacks. This protects the heart by preventing the blood from becoming too thick and clogging the arteries.
More than any other food; fruits also require less engery to digest. We know that everything consumed by the human body eventually breaks down in the system and is transformed into the nutrients the body needs like glucose. A study reviewed indicates that the brain cannot function on anything except glucose. Fruit is sugar in the body. The fruits digestion and absorption only takes a short time to break down, very different than other solid foods like meat. It is said that other normal solid foods spend more time in the body before completely breaking down; up to 4 hours. Bananas, dates and dried fruits break down and release their nutrients in the intestines.
The Best Time to Eat Fruit
You should not eat your fruit after meals! * FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH
What is the basis for this? Okay, let's explore....since we have decided above that the fruits break down much quicker than other solids consumed; it is clear that we do not want to put this almost liquid (for instance, watermelon etc.) on top of something greasy or that which will take a longer time to digest.
If you eat fruit on an empty stomach rather than with your meals and after meals it will help to detoxify your system. That said; we know that we need to detoxify occasionally therefore; it is simple to do so by eating our fruit when our tummy is empty.
FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.
If you consume bacon, eggs and toast in the morning and then fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so because of the full breakfast you ate. It is best to have your strawberries and cream prior to eating your bacon and eggs.
When this happens your meal fails to digest accurately and turns into acid. As the fruit comes into contact with the food within the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to decay.
So it sounds wise to consume your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals. The majority of us have eaten watermelon and we start to burp after which we hear; I eat fruit and my stomach bloats up. I eat a banana and I feel like I have to go to privy. Bananas are heavy fruits, and they are best consumed after lunch. Actually, this will not occur if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the break down of the other food, produces gas and this is what makes you feel bloated.
When you decide to have fruit juice; make your own fresh juice, it is best not to use the can juices. It has been suggested never to heat and drink fruit juice. I would never do this anyway but maybe some people do. It is best not to eat cooked fruits since you do not get the nutrients at all. I have done this for instance; cooked apples…candied apples. You only get the sweet taste. Cooking destroys most of the vitamins. I have read this before just as I have read that the peeling contains the vitamins.
Eating the fresh fruit trumps drinking the juice. Should you drink the juice, take your time and notice what you are doing and drink one swallow at a time. This is due to the juice needing to mix with your saliva before you swallow it. We learn something different every day. You can also go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your system and most of us have heard of the fruit fast before If you eat fruits and drink fruit juice in the course of the 3 days you should look rested, glowing and hopefully radient. Good luck!
Fruits of Color
Some Specific Fruits
KIWI: A small fruit but potent. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber to mention a few and its vitamin C content is double that of an orange.
APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! We have always heard this... Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which helps the activity of vitamin C; helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke. This is true, and is also found in dark chocolate, which has been noted as a monounsaturated fat that can be consumed on a diet in very small amounts.
STRAWBERRY: Strawberries have the highest levels of antioxidant source among superior fruits & helps to protect from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals. (Let me explain what a free radical is.) It is an atom or molecule with an unpaired electron. This is another story has to do with the cells and molecules in the body. These free radicals can damage in the body and are called (ROS) reactive oxygen species and sometimes known as oxidative stress. An example is when you see a banana getting brown or dark...when this happens in the body it is the oxidative process.
ORANGES: Sweetest fruit...Eating 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones and is stated to lessen the risk of colon cancer.
WATERMELON: Greatest thirst quencher. Made up of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione and this helps boost the immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Vitamin C & Potassium are among the other benefits of watermelon.
GUAVA & PAPAYA: Vitamin C. These are with high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps the digestive system and relieves constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene and we know this is excellent for the eyes.
This is something I had not thought about but sounds reasonable: For those who like to drink cold water, this information might apply to you. Some people drink cold water after a meal. Usually I drink tea with my meals and since it contain water; it could very well produce the same effects. It is said that the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have eaten. It will slow down the digestion. Once this reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It lines the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and can lead to certain diseases of the intestine. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal. ** I do not know that this is medically proven and I am only giving you what I have seen in several studies.
This information is being passed on with the hope that we are getting the best results from our consumption of fruits.
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