This is my first blog, in a series of blogs for the summer focusing on fruits and how it will benefit your skin’s health. This week, I’ll be sharing about rules for eating fruits. Next week, blog will be on Eating fruits for healthy skin.
Rules for eating fruits.
I was born and raised in the Caribbean, where there are abundance of tropical fruits. I grew up eating fruits everyday and I love them. There isn’t a fruit that I dislike. I truly enjoy eating fruits for breakfast, as a snack or whenever I feel hungry. I just cannot resist them. I sometime make a big bowl of fruit salad and eat that all day. But for years I have been eating it in a way that does not allow me to receive the greatest benefit from them. In this blog, I’m going to share with you how to get all those benefits depending on when and how to eat it. At the end of this blog you’ll be a fruit lover if you were not one before!
Its a well know fact that eating fruits is a very important to our well being and health. There are, however, some guidelines on how, when and why to eat fruits, so that it will benefit our health. It is more than just washing, peeling and putting it in our mouth. There is a proper way to eat fruits, so that your entire body will get all the benefits and nutrients and you will have less digestive problems and endless energy.
Fruits have lots of nutrition. They are great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, folate, antioxidant, natural sugars etc. These nutrients help guard against disease, lower high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and give us glowing healthy skin. However, eating fruit whenever you feel like may cause more health problems than it will benefit the body.
Rules for eating fruits:
(1) Fruits should be eaten alone or with other fruits on an empty. Why? When
eaten alone, the stomach can easily process all the nutrients, fiber and
simple sugars contained in the fruit. Eating fruits too close to a meal or
right after a large meal, will cause the fruit and meal to combine in the
stomach with other food and will cause the fruit to rut and ferment in the
stomach, causing problems like indigestion, burping, heartburn and many
(2) Fruit should be eaten 1hr or 2hrs before a meal. Heavy meals like pasta
wait 3hrs or 4hrs before eating fruit. Burgers wait until the fruit is digested.
Salads require a shorter time.
(3) A big fruit salad (my favorite) should be eaten first thing in the morning on
an empty stomach or as a meal or a mid day snack. Always wait 1 to 2
hours after eating fruit before eating another meal. Give the fruit time to
process and go into your body.
(4) Never eat fruit close to bedtime. I’ve done this many times and spend
all night up watching the ceiling. The sugars in fruit will spike up your
energy and keep you up all night.
(5) Fruit can be eaten as a mid morning snack. Eating lots of fruits at a time
is always good. So have a big fruit salad. We need about 3 to 4 servings
of fruits per day.
These same rules apply to dry fruits. The only exception, is that dry fruits can be sweet and have high calories, so use caution and limit your portion.
Benefits of eating fruits:
(1) Fruit is the best source of natural sugars needed for energy.
(2) It has tons of vitamins
(3) It has tons of antioxidants
(4) It is easier to digest than grains.
(5) It is alkaline. Although it taste acidic, after digestion the end result is
(6) It has loads of pure water to hydrate your cells
(7) It is excellent for good skin health.
I end this blog with this quote I made up, “Let fruits be your medicine, and your medicine be fruits.” Go ahead and stop by the produce section and full your basket with delicious fruits and eat to your hearts desire. Just remember the rules.
This was written by Freida Francis. Esthetician at Blue Heron Wellness