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Facts on Fruits…When, How and It’s Nutritional Value, Rhonda Dews Murrill

01 July 2011no comments Foods

    Most people think that as long as they eat fruit, regardless of when they eat it or how it’s prepared, they provide vitamins and nutrients. This is far from the truth.

WHEN?  Eat fruit on an empty stomach.

Typically, we eat fruit like a dessert, after our meal.  Fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach, i.e., the first course of your meal.  Once the fruit is eaten and digested, it’s ready to go directly through the stomach into the intestines and plays a major role in detoxifying your system (it supplies energy for weight loss and other life activities).

But, if fruit comes in contact with food and digestive juices that are already in the stomach, the entire mass of food spoils and doesn’t serve the purpose for which it is intended.  Also, when fruit mixes with the rotten food in our bodies, it produces gas. Hence, you bloat, burp, etc.

HOW?  Fresh Fruit is best.

Fruit, in its original state, provides all the nutrients and vitamins.  If drinking fruit juice, use only fresh fruit juice, not the concentrated juice from the cans.  Drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly because this allows it to mix with the saliva before swallowing.  In this state, it helps to cleanse your body.  Try going on a 3-day fruit-fast, it will really cleanse your body.

Also, avoid drinking juice or fruit that has been heated or cooked; all the vitamins and nutrients are destroyed, only the flavor will remain.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE?  Did you know that….

Apple:   While it has a low Vitamin C content, it contains antioxidants and flavonoids which enhance the activity of its Vitamin C, thereby helping to lower  the risk of colon cancer, heart attack and stroke.

Guava & Papaya:  They receive 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, good for your eyes.

Kiwi:  It’s tiny but mighty, containing a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E and fiber.  Its Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

Oranges (2-4 a day):  They may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Strawberries:  It has the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits and protects the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

Watermelon:  It’s the coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system and lycopene, the cancer-fighting oxidant.  It also has Vitamin C and Potassium.

Fruits are an essential part of our diet, but they must be eaten properly in order to obtain their nutrients and vitamins.  As a matter of  fact, they can actually be counterproductive if eaten improperly.  This involves restructuring your meal …. but don’t you want to get the benefit of the food you eat?

“We eat to live, not live to eat.”





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