Fruits and Weight Loss
Is it enough to eat them frequently, or is there a right way to eat fruits? Is it okay to eat fruits as dessert right after a meal? Nutritionist, Naini Setalvad tells us what the right way to eat fruits is.
When should I eat fruits? The best time to eat fruits is first thing in the morning after a glass of water. Eating fruits right after a meal is not a great idea, as it may not be digested properly. The nutrients may not be absorbed properly either.
You need to leave a gap of at least 30 minutes between a meal and a fruit snack. Ideally, one should eat fruits an hour before the meal or two hours after, if they have diabetes or any other digestive problem like acidity. This is because, sometimes, diabetes is accompanied with digestive problems.
Low Energy Density
Eating a piece of fruit right before your meal may help control your eating during mealtime. Sitting down for a meal when you’re starving can lead to overeating and excessive calorie intake. Eating a piece of fruit before a meal allows you to put something that is low calorie into your stomach. Fruits are considered to be a low-energy-density food. This means that they provide a small amount of energy, or calories, for a high volume. Eating low-energy-density foods, especially before a meal, helps to reduce your overall caloric intake, which lends itself to weight control.
Fruit Should be Eaten On an Empty Stomach.
This is because when fruit is eaten, the digestive process works very quickly and our body uses different enzymes to digest the fruit. The simple sugars contained in fruit need time to be completely absorbed by your body. When fruits are eaten alone, your stomach can more easily process all of the nutrients, fibre and the simple sugars contained in the fruit. This is the optimal ‘proper way’ to benefit from the fruit you eat. If you eat fruit close to a meal, especially right after a larger meal and combine with other foods, it’s held in the stomach too long along with other foods and will rot and ferment in the gut. If you experience indigestion, heartburn, burping and and other digestive discomforts and you blame on the meal – it could be the combination of the food, the fermentation with fruit that causes your upset stomach. If left uncontrolled it could lead to other health problems that stem from the digestive tract.