Fruits are a rich source of nutrients. But, do you know that these foods are to be eaten right to enjoy their goodness? Well, this is true. In fact, the way you consume fruits affect their absorption by the body.
Also, you should take care in choosing your food combinations because some have a synergistic effect; and others, an antagonistic one. Besides, keep in mind that some combinations can be quite harmful too. Now, what to do in such a scenario? Only take care of the combinations to gain maximum advantages from fruit consumption.
Fruits are rich sources of nutritional elements – such as antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Also, they cause several biochemical reactions in the body. These range from immunity to metabolizing of nutrients.
Now, tannins in tea and coffee can affect the assimilation of nutrients in the body. As a result, your immunity levels could record a fall. For this reason, be sure that you snack on fruits and consume the beverages wisely.
Raw and Cooked Fare
You must keep breaks of 45 minutes between the intake of raw and cooked foods. One reason for doing so is because the body digests fruits easily, while cooked foods are digested sluggishly. Now, when you combine the two, the fruits remain in the stomach for longer. And yes, the sugars ferment and give rise to digestive issues – like flatulence.
More so, fruits have simple carbohydrates that need different digestive enzymes as compared to the ones in cooked fare. Thus, if you consume raw and cooked foods together, there are chances of digestive confusion.
Milk & Citrus Fruits
Bear in mind that mixing milk with fruits can cause digestive problems as well. This is because milk in proteins and acids in fruits interact. Moreover, the digestion of nutrients in both milk and fruit are affected.
You must, also, avoid consuming foods with yogurt. Or else, you could suffer from allergies and congestion – among other digestive troubles.
However, if having milk with fruits, then choose the ripe varieties of the foods. You should include spices like nutmeg, cardamom, and fennel as well. When you do so, the foods are digested more easily.
Fresh & Dried Fruit Varieties
Abstain from combining the fresh and dried varieties of fruits. Instead, opt to eat fresh and dried fruits – such as prunes and dried apricots – individually. By doing so, you can avoid a fructose overload in the liver. Understand that dried fruits contain concentrated sugar because they are dehydrated; thereby, causing the sugar surplus. Thus, be prudent and never mix fresh and dried fruits.
You should, also, never mix fruits with other superfoods such as wheatgrass, moringa. Know that fruits are superfoods too. Now, if you consume fruits with other superfoods, then (here again) the body is rendered unable to absorb the nutrients effectively.