We’re always told that fresh produce, especially fruits, is extremely beneficial to our health. In addition to being sweet and delicious, fruits help our bodies in a number of ways, including losing weight, solving internal organ problems, and generally improving our well-being. However, in order for fruits to be as useful as possible, you need to know how to maximize their effect, and this is exactly what we’ll tell you about today.
Choose the time
There have been contradicting opinions on when is the best time to consume fruits. After years of studies, scientists have come to a conclusion that out of 24 hours in a day, the best period for fruit consumption is early morning. Right after you’ve had your traditional morning glass of water, take a couple of your favorite fruits and enjoy them while you read the morning news or help your kids get ready for school. It’s not recommended to eat breakfast right after you’ve consumed fruits, so make sure there is at least a one-hour gap between your fruits intake and the breakfast.
Another aspect of fruit consumption for you to consider is that fruits shouldn’t be eaten directly after a regular meal either. First of all, if you have diabetes or any digestive problems, certain types of fruits can actually make it worse. Second, the nutrients from the fruits are much more effectively absorbed by our bodies when they are eaten on their own or with compatible products. If you want to get maximum nutrition from the fruits, wait two hours after your meal intake. It’s also recommended not to turn fruits into desserts that are consumed immediately after lunch or dinner.
Can fruits be mixed?
At the moment, there is no scientific data indicating the negative effect from mixing different types of fruits. That is why you can easily mix your favorite fruits and berries in fruit salads, using yogurt as a sauce. As for other products, there are certain rules for mixing them with fruits. Dairy with fruits is almost always a great combination: take a bowl of cottage cheese or plain yogurt, add a sliced apple, a handful of berries, or a mashed banana, and you’ll have a nutritional and tasty breakfast. However, acidic fruits paired with dairy can cause indigestion if you have a sensitive stomach, so you need to be aware of that.
Another great combination is fruits with cereal. Although cereal, especially oatmeal, can be very good for our health, after a while it simply becomes boring and stops tasting as good as it used to. Avoid this situation by mixing any kind of berries into the cereal. You can also add some crushed nuts.
As for the fruits that are not good pairings for fruits, we can name desserts and sweets. Sure, desserts with lots of fruits are very popular and look great, but when you have a layered cake with lots of frosting and chopped fruits on top, you risk consuming too much sugar. Excessive sugar consumption is linked to all kinds of negative conditions, from heart diseases to obesity. For this reason, eat your sweet treats and desserts separately. Still, you can indulge in a bowl of ice cream with berries or a cupcake topped with fruits, but the important thing is to make it a rare occasion and focus on just fruits instead.