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The Best Time To Eat Fruit And Is It Before Or After A Meal

Should fruit be eaten before or after meals

Should fruit be eaten before or after meals

Best Time To Eat Fruits- Before Or After Meals?

Ayurvedic text suggest some ways on how you can get the best out of fruits. It is important to eat fruits on right time with right combination of foods in order to fully absorb its nutrition. Ayurveda recommends to eat fruits in the morning on an empty stomach or as a mid-morning snack, to strictly avoid fruit close to bedtime and eating fruit in excess.

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.

Eating Raw Fruits After Meals Causes Bloating, Gas, And Heartburn

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.

Eat Fruits In The Morning Or As Mid-Morning Snack

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).

Do Not Eat Fruit Before Bedtime

Avoid eating fruit close to bedtime as the sugar spikes up your energy and will keep you awake and alert.

Do Not Eat Fruit In Excess

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.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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).