Saturday, May 14, 2011

Eating Fresh Fruit





This is very informative!


Eating fruit on an empty stomach plays a major role in detoxifying your system, boosting energy reserves and helping with weight management. It is important to know how and when to eat fruit.
What’s the correct way to eat fruit? Fruit is quickly and easily digested, gentle on the stomach and floods the body with energy, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Which is why, ideally, you must eat fruit on an empty stomach. 

Eating fruits after a meal may cause bloating. If you eat food before you eat fruit, the food starts reacting with gastric juices but will not be absorbed into the body because the fruit is preventing it from doing so. This will cause acidity, gas and bloating. Secondly, some fruits are high in fructose (sugar found in fruits), and when digested by your body, a gas may be produced in your large intestine through fermentation if your body's ability to metabolize the excess fructose has exceeded. This happens especially in persons who have fructose malabsorption, where they should absorb fructose in limited amounts. 



FRUIT FACTS



  • Most fruits especially citrus fruits are acidic, but they will turn to alkaline in your body after they have been metabolized.
  • Fruits are the roots of health, energy, and longevity. We do not recommend fruit juices in a can or bottle, especially soda-mixed fruit—soft drinks that may be against your health and beauty. Moreover, it may create stress later on, since they can destroy all nutrients especially vitamins in the body.
  • It is best to eat whole fruit rather than drinking the juice of it, because juicing will reduce the fruit's fiber content.
  • Most fruits have no cholesterol.
  • Fruit stimulates our minds and helps recall memories. Don't you know that fruits have healing effects for many diseases as well as the mind? Aside from it, the majority of beautiful girls love to eat fruits. Fruits may be the key to beauty.
  • Scientifically, fruits contain more medicinal properties than other foods. Is it the reason that fruitarians are healthier than average people?


SOME FRUIT BENEFITS :
KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.
APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.
STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.
ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.
WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.
GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.
  • Resveratrol found in red grapes and anthocyanin found in cherries, blueberries, kiwi, plums and blackberries helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart diseases at bay. 
  • Guava, oranges, papaya and indian gooseberry are very good sources for vitamin C an antioxidant.
  • Mangoes and papaya are excellent source for beta carotene. 
  • Dried fruits are good source of energy and iron and can be added in the breakfast cereals.
  • According to recent studies consuming cherries or cherry juice helps to relieve the pain caused due to gout, arthritis and joint inflammation.

  

References : From various medical, Health food and Food Science research articles.

Footnote : Did you know that it is sunnah to have fruit before a meal? :)



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