You might have heard about not eating fruits right after meals, even though this is considered as a “healthier” choice than eating desserts. Fruits are best eaten alone, at least 30 minutes before or 3 to 4 hours after a meal. Otherwise they get into a chemical reaction and not digested well and disturbs the digestive process. Dr.Bhaswati explains this as “Regular consumption of incompatible foods can induce inflammation at a molecular level, leading to improper function of the digestive system, formation of undigested food and toxins (ama) and a number of metabolic disorders.” The cumulative effect can create chronic digestive disorders, other diseases (inflammation, arthritis, etc.), slow metabolism, chronic pains, and even food allergies.
So, remember not to combine fruits with: Dairy (milk, cream, yogurt, cheese, butter), cooked foods, raw vegetables, grains, lentils and beans, leafy greens and salads.
I am not so happy about these news as I like to add some fruits on my salads or enjoy some melons after a summer meal! Yet, all for good digestion, good digestion is for all wellbeing 🙂
Rules for Fruits for the Best Digestion
Fruits are good to combine with nuts and seeds and their milk like almond, cashew, sunflower, and also oats. It is better to cook the fruits when you mix with oats, like in a porridge to decrease the negative effects of incompatibility. One good news is, pineapple and papaya are the only exceptions to eating raw fruit with a meal due to their high enzymatic properties.
Incompatible Food Chart: Fruits
Ok to Combine
- Nothing: best eaten alone*, at least 30 minutes before or 3 to 4 hours after a meal
- Nut and seed milk: almond, cashew, sunflower, oat
- Fruits of the same kind and predominant taste: different kinds of berries, stone fruits and berries, apples and pears
- Pineapple and papaya are the only exceptions to eating raw fruit with a meal
- Leafy greens and salads
- Lentils and beans,Grains
- Raw vegetables
- Dairy: milk, cream, yogurt, cheese, butter
- Cooked foods