There’s quite a lot of misinformation all around about nutrition circulating on the internet. Time and again you come across people who advise you about the best time to have some particular food especially fruits and naturally you end up being confused about what’s the good time to have fruit.
Here are the top four myths about the best time to eat fruit, along with the truth, of course:
1. Eat Fruit When Empty Stomach
This myth claims that eating fruit with meals makes digestion slow and causes food to stay in your stomach and ferment. This myth also claims that eating fruit with meals is what actually causes acidity and gas, discomfort and an array of other unrelated symptoms. A study found this fact that fiber slowed the time it took the stomach to empty half its contents from an average of 72 minutes to 86 minutes. While this alteration in speed is quite significant, it doesn’t imply that it’s slowing digestion down in a way to ferment food in the belly.
2. Eating Fruit Before or After a Meal Lessens The Nutrient Value
It says that if you eat fruit right before or after a meal, the nutrients that are absorbed in the body will somehow be lost. However, this is not at all true. Human beings and their body have evolved over time to be as functional as possible when it comes to absorbing nutrients from food.
3. A Diabetic Patient Should Eat Fruit 1–2 Hours Before or After Meals
Well, the notion is, people with diabetes often suffer from digestive problems, and eating fruit separately from meals somehow improves digestion. There’s no such scientific proof supporting the idea that eating fruit separately from a meal improves digestion. Rather than having fruit separately, eating it along with a meal or as a snack paired with food which is rich in protein, fiber or fat is a good choice for someone with diabetes.
4. The Best Time of Day to Eat Fruit Is the Afternoon
It’s said that your metabolism slows down in the afternoon and eating food that's high in sugar-yes, fruits, raises your blood sugar levels and awakens your digestive system. The fact is that any carb-containing food will temporarily increase your blood sugar while glucose is being absorbed, irrespective of the time of the day.
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