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Best Time To Eat Fruits- Before Or After Meals?

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Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:

Fruits are not only tasty and easily available, but they are one of nature’s potent sources of vitamins, minerals and a host of other nutrients. Eating these super foods at the right time and with the right combination of other foods can go a long way in ensuring that your body fully absorbs all the vitamins, fiber and healthy carbohydrates that it needs to function in good health. Ancient Ayurvedic texts are very descriptive on how to get the best out of fruits without causing unwanted side effects.

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Raw fruits contain rich fiber and simple sugars which require more time to be digested and absorbed. When taken after other foods (especially “digestion intensive” foods) this process is delayed and cause bloating, gas, heartburn, and other digestive problems, as the fruit ferments while waiting to be digested.

The best time to eat fruits is either first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, or as a mid-morning snack, in between breakfast and lunch (about 1 hour before a meal, or 2 hours after your meal). And avoid eating fruit close to bedtime as the sugar spikes up your energy and will keep you awake and alert.

Do not eat fruits in excess as fruits have their own calories that add to the other calorie dense foods to make it a double whammy and will backfire on your health. As other foods prevent fruits to be digested efficiently so also a fruit-based diet will prevent nutrition absorption from foods such as vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy foods.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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252 comments
ElenaVoinu
ElenaVoinu 5pts

fermentation in stomach???with hydrochloric acid present?There is no fermentation or rotting in stomach,any sane person after biochemistry can tell u that,

Curejoy
Curejoy 5pts

Balvinder Uppal Thank you!

Balvinder Uppal
Balvinder Uppal 5pts

Good information \U0001f44c\U0001f3fc\U0001f495\U0001f384

Rebecca Macalinao Ramos Lamsin
Rebecca Macalinao Ramos Lamsin 5pts

Pwd before pwd din after meal. Dpende din sa prutas. Kgaya ng pakwan masarap pag after meal. Para din panghmagas yan. Alam kn pag gutom ka d pwdng kmain ng mangang hilaw o kaya pinya. Kaya dpende sa prutas na kakainin.

Bibi Sarah Ramphaul
Bibi Sarah Ramphaul 5pts

Always have an apple before breakfast \U0001f34a\U0001f34e\U0001f34f

Timothy Gonsalves
Timothy Gonsalves 5pts

My cousin Roberta told me about that 50 yrs ago on my 52nd birthday thats why i have lived so long

Ganga JI
Ganga JI 5pts

Never after food...only on empty stomach n wait atleast 20 mins after before u put in anything else..

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Before your meal is good :)

Tara Young
Tara Young 5pts

Before, it starts the digestive juices flowing. If you eat it after dinner, it will sit on top the your dinner and ferment in your stomach b4 it digests, causing stomach issues

Caroline Monahon
Caroline Monahon 5pts

I've studied a little about it and read that it's best to eat fruit and veggies on an empty stomach so you fully digest all of it's vitamins and nutrients.

Linda Lu Kennedy
Linda Lu Kennedy 5pts

Before because after it is fermenting while your dinner is digesting. Before helps aid in digestion.

Elsie Hendricks
Elsie Hendricks 5pts

It doesn't matter. At least you've something healthy to eat

Sachin Patil
Sachin Patil 5pts

Before or after but there has to be a gap of an hour between meal n fruit ti maintain suger level.

Jennifer Mitchell
Jennifer Mitchell 5pts

Question whom in this post is a dietitian or nutritionalalist not to be smart but if just one of you are please message me back I'm a nurse but have a few questions about things that I have recently read\U0001f60a

Nancy Redard
Nancy Redard 5pts

In the morning as fruits are cleansing and afternoon eat vegatables as they are healing.

Teresa Allyson
Teresa Allyson 5pts

I eat 1 egg & 5 fruits from morning to noon. Then nuts. Then vegetables for dinner. #rawhealth

Rosalie Montoya
Rosalie Montoya 5pts

I say after because I get a sweet tooth after a meal . Fruits are good for you so eat fruit.

Giti Gol
Giti Gol 5pts

Mornings is the best time to eat fruit

Genevieve Razo
Genevieve Razo 5pts

I eat cherries In the evening to help me relax and get better nights sleep.

Barry Anderson
Barry Anderson 5pts

Fruit should be eaten as a meal in itself alone with leafy greens that go with everything . Holistic Chef Barry

Genevieve Razo
Genevieve Razo 5pts

Eat them whenever you want. Lol. Just make sure it's balanced along with everything else.