Read the Article When and How To Eat Fruits
Fresh fruits are Mother Nature’s ultimate multivitamin and a powerhouse of antioxidants and enzymes, but did you know that there are optimum strategies and times to eat fruit?
Digestion and Nutrient Uptake:
Food combining practices state that fruit should be eaten alone or with other fruit on an empty stomach to allow for optimum digestion. The digestion of fruit uses specific enzymes and is a very quick process but the simple sugars contained in fruit need time to be completely absorbed by your body.
When fruit is combined with other foods it will often sit in the gut and ferment causing indigestion, heartburn, burping and other digestive discomforts. To avoid this, eat fruits alone so the stomach can more easily process all of the nutrients, fiber and the simple sugars contained in them.
Fruit is a carbohydrate which means that it is converted to simple sugars for immediate energy. Essentially, when these sugars are not used they are converted and stored as fat. To fully utilize this energy, eat fruit around these times:
When you are breaking your night’s “starvation” cycle and the stomach is fully empty. because your body will be able to fully absorb all of the vitamins, fiber and healthy carbohydrates that it needs to function in good health
Another fantastic time to eat fruit is either right before, right after, or both pre- and post- working out. Our bodies will use fruit sugars for immediate energy and for refilling depleted energy stores.
when energy from fruits is not used, it leads to weight gain. For people striving for weight loss it may be best to avoid this possible side effect by not eating fruit during these sedentary times:
Some people find that they have restless sleep if they eat fruits and carbohydrates too close to bed. A good rule of thumb is not less than 3 hours prior to lights-out.
During Weight Loss Plateaus:
If you are struggling overcoming weight loss issues a good strategy to employ a “no fruit after lunch” rule. All give your body the edge and caloric deficit it needs to utilize fat stores as energy.