27 Feb The Right Way to Eat Fruit!
Many of us believe that there is not much to eating fruit—simply just slicing them up and popping them into our mouths. However, there is an important way and time to eat them—so what are they?
Never consume fruits after your meals. Fruits should ALWAYS be eaten on an empty stomach!
Fruits consumed on an empty stomach play an important role in detoxifying your system, equipping you with a great deal of energy that is beneficial for weight loss as well as other life activities. Fruits should also be considered food too! If you were to eat two slices of bread followed by a slice of fruit, the bread consumed before prevents the fruit going straight through the stomach and into the intestines. This in turn, results in both the bread and fruit rot and ferment, turning into acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach as well as digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil. So! Always remember that fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach, or perhaps before your meals.
You may have also heard of complaints of fruits bloating up the stomach. However, these problems do not arise when consuming fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying of other foods and produce gas, hence bloating! There is also a common belief that some fruits, like orange and lemon are in fact acidic. However, this can be dismissed as according to leading specialist, Dr. Herbert Shelton, all fruits become alkaline once consumed.
Some other important lessons!
Never consume fruit juice straight from cans, packs or bottles. Always settle for freshly squeezed.
Never eat cooked fruits as you are not likely to get all the nutrients as you would from consuming them raw. Cooking leads to the destruction of vitamins!
Make sure that your fruit has not been contaminated with pesticides or growth hormones!
And finally, here are some of our favourite fruits and their beneficial properties!
KIWI – a tiny but mighty fruit packed with potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fibre. Its vitamin C content is also twice that of an orange!
APPLE – although it has a low vitamin C content, apples are full of antioxidants and flavonoids that enhance the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attacks and strokes.
STRAWBERRY – as the protective fruit, strawberries have the highest antioxidant power among major fruits and help to protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging and free radicals.
ORANGE – known as the sweetest medicine, consuming 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.
WATERMELON – as the coolest thirst quencher, watermelons are composed of 92% water, and are 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, as well as vitamin C and potassium!
GUAVA & PAPAYA – these two fruits place first in their vitamin C content! While guava is rich in fibre, which helps prevent constipation, papaya is rich in carotene; which is extremely beneficial for your eyes!