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Eating fruits before or after meals?

Updated on October 20, 2011

Fruits are very tasty, nutritious and healthy food. They have very low or no calories. They are an excellent substitute for snacks. Fruits should have a predominant place in your diet. They have been an important part of human diet for hundreds of thousands of years. Fruits can be eaten raw in their natural form before or after the meals. They can also be mixed with custard cream and eaten as fruit salad. They can be consumed in the form of juice or as splits. We all have eaten fruits these forms and combinations. But have you noticed at times they cause some discomfort, like an upset stomach or gas problems.So we have to think about eating fruits before or after meals.


Fruits contain

Natural sugar which is needed for energy

Vitamins and minerals

Antioxidants which increase your life span

Plenty of water

Fibers which are easily digestible

How to eat fruits

We have to analyze fruits and classify them according to their composition.

Limes, oranges are acidic in nature.

Watermelons have predominant water content.

Some contain large amounts of fiber (pomegranates, oranges, apples and grapes)

Some are predominantly pulpy (papayas, bananas, custard apples)

We have to decide on what fruit to eat and when to eat depending on the nature of the fruit. Most of the time it is better to eat a single fruit. Certain combinations of fruits and other foods may not go too well with our stomach. For example a citrus fruit may not go too well with yogurt. Wrong combinations of fruits and foods may cause a stomach upset.

When to eat fruits?

Fruits rich in fiber aid digestion. It is better to eat fiber rich fruits before meals. It would also be advisable to leave an hour’s gap between the meals and fruits. This is because some fruits do not go too well with vegetables and may cause a stomach upset.Fruits like watermelon contain more than 95% water.

As fruits hardly require any digestive enzymes, it is advisable to eat them alone. Combined with other hard to digest food, they stay in the stomach longer and rot. This might cause a stomach upset

Some fruits contain sugar. It is better that diabetics eat them with foods containing carbohydrates or proteins. Eating such fruits alone may lead to a sudden increase in blood sugar levels.

If you want to have a dessert gives a gap of at least half an hour. To the question whether to eat fruits before or after meals, the answer is before meals would be better.


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    • bnsridhar profile image

      bnsridhar 6 years ago from India

      That is wonderful. I hope I can emulate you.

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      I always eat fruits whenever I feel like eating something because it helps me avoid snacking on junk food. I have plenty of fruit trees in the backyard so I never run out of fruits to eat.

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      bnsridhar 6 years ago from India

      Substituting some of the food you eat with fruits will definitely help you to reduce weight. Fruits will not only help you to reduce the intake of other food but also aid digestion because of their fiber content.

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      gajanis786 6 years ago

      I have also heard that eating fruits before meals can also help reduce weight as you will feel like filled up and end up eating less of your meals which may help you to maintain your body weight....thanks.