If you thought eating fruits is about buying them, cutting them up and popping the pieces into your mouth, think again! You need to know HOW and WHEN to eat that fruit.
So, how to eat fruits? Here are some tips:
NOT AFTER your meals. Fruits must be eaten only on an empty stomach. By doing this, you can get the full benefit, as it will detoxify your system as well as supply you with energy for weight loss and other activities. Fruit is the most important food – suppose you have two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. Although the slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, it is prevented from doing so. In the meantime, the entire meal rots, ferments and turns into acid in your stomach. As soon as the fruit comes in contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass starts to spoil. This is why you must eat fruits on an empty stomach or before your meal.
So next time you wonder why you burp after eating watermelon, or
why your stomach bloats after you eat something else – it is because you probably did not eat your fruit on an empty stomach. Fruits eaten later will putrefy with the food and produce gas, making you bloat.
Incidentally, research shows that there is no such thing as orange and lemon being more acidic, since all fruits turn alkaline in our body.
Eating fruits right = beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.
What about fruit juices?
Only fresh fruit juice is recommended. Not from the cans. Remember never to drink juice that is heated up. In cooked fruits the nutrients are dead. When you drink fruit juice, take in a mouthful and let it mix with your saliva before you swallow it.
In fact, a three day ‘fast’ where you eat only fruits and drink fruit juice can do a great job of cleansing your body.
Some fruit facts:
KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.
APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.
STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.
ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.
WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher.. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene – the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.
GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.
An important health tip:
Never drink cold water after a big meal. While it may seem yummy to sip that cold drink after your meal, you should know that when this cold water goes into your stomach, it solidifies all the oily stuff you ate and slow down your digestion. When this sludge reacts with the acid in the stomach, it breaks down and gets absorbed by the intestine quickly, lining it. This turns into fats and leads to cancer. Therefore, think of drinking hot soup or hot/warm water after your meal.