Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fresh Fruits – The Complete Food

Fruits - rich in vitamins and minerals
They are easy to digest and metabolize, and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are alkalizing and cooling to the body. They clean the digestive tract too.
When and How to Eat Fruits?
  • Wash the fruit thoroughly before cutting or eating. This is important given the excessive use of pesticides on our farms.
  • Eat fruit with the skin when possible, as the part inside the skin is rich in vitamins.
  • Do not wash fruit after they have been cut. Vitamin C being water-soluble gets washed off.
  • Ideally, fruit should be eaten 30-60 minutes before a meal, not after. This ensures timely digestion and passage from the stomach. If consumed after a big meal, it stays in the stomach for more than two or three hours until the other food is digested, causing a traffic jam. This causes the fruit to putrefy in the stomach, leading to flatulence, gas, and indigestion.
  • Fruits ripen on the trees are the best.
  • Eat seasonal fruits. Fruits left to ripen on the tree with sunlight are best, rather than fruits taken from the cold storage plants.
  • Many people believe that citrus fruits increase acidity. Citrus fruits do contain acids, but when these are assimilated and burnt in the body, they produce alkaline ash.
  • Āmlā or Indian Goosebery (Phyllanthus emblica) requires special mention because it is the richest source of vitamin C. It contains twenty times more Vitamin C than a similar quantity of orange. One Āmlā can meet the daily requirements of vitamin C of four adults.

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