Fruits and their Fallacies
Fruits are an integral part of our diet. The human body craves fruits on instinct, partly because of their sweet taste, flavor and scents, and partly beacsue it enables the body to get rid of the toxic wastes, owing to the extremely rich water content. As fruits are the simplest meal to digest, they become an important means for losing weight and getting nutrients. However, many people are unable to benefit entirely from fruits and this may be because of lack of knowledge about the consumption of fruits or the numerous fallacies surrounding them. This article is designed for those whose opinions are greatly mislead by the fallacies on fruits.
To begin, it is a common belief amongst the majority of consumers that fruit juices are acidic and hence harmful. However, this is far from true. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits do contain acids, which are very weak and are easily oxidized by the body. Unlike fruits; meat, corn and rice are the foods containing true acids, which take a lot of time for digestion and are often referred to as ‘acid-ash’ foods.
Furthermore, many people think that eating acidic vegetables and fruits together can be a cause of serious indigestion. The truth of the matter is, that the acid present in such fruits and vegetables does not at all interfere with the process of digestion but helps to facilitate the process instead, while supplying numerous beneficial vitamins and nutrients to the body.
It is also popularly, yet mistakenly believed that eating fruits with a combination of meat and starches is a definite cause of high levels of acids in the blood. On the contrary, fruits eaten with a variety of different vegetables balance the acidic-alkaline equilibrium of the body and prevent the blood from becoming too acidic or vice versa.
Another extremely false and ridiculous fallacy surrounding the consumption of fruits is that fruit juices taken with a glass of milk can be hazardous to the stomach and result in a great ailment. However, this too is blatantly false. The fact is that fruit juices actually help milk to curdle and consequently easily digested. In other words, fruit juices aid the gastric juices of the stomach to help in digestion. In fact, lactating mothers are often advised by doctors to take orange juice regularly. Since fruit juices do no harm when taken alone, they are also not dangerous when taken with milk.
It is, nevertheless, important to allow suitable gaps between meals. Eating fruits on an empty stomach is quite healthy and helps to lose weight. However, one should wait for at least 3 hours to consume fruits if one has had a full-course meal. It is also significant to eat fresh fruits, as only these are healthy and beneficial. Genetically altered or processed fruits lack all the important nutrients that a fruit naturally has. They only taste good but contain zero nutritional value.