Posted by: Racquel C. Nicdao
It is surely not the case to renounce at fruits just because these may slow down digestion. Fruits are a source of natural antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients which are essential for the good functioning of the human body…
The most salutary and delightful way to end up a heavy meal is to take some fresh fruits in season, but…
More and more people believe that fruits, if taken at the end of the meal, can just slower down digestion and can provoke some irksome abdominal swelling. A common belief which corresponds to the truth.
In fact, when fruits are being taken right after the meal, these usually follow the same digestive course of the other aliments ingested and, as a consequence, may tend to ferment in the stomach. This happens specially if fruits are being accompanied with foods rich of starch such as bread, rice, pasta and potatoes.
However, there are certainly some delicious products of the earth which are better to be consumed at the end of the meal. This is so because fruits can help in assimilating substances and in the metabolism of plates rich with animal protein.
How To Make The Best Out Of Fruits
. Apples for all. A versatile fruit which is good for everyone and can be taken after the meal, in between or as a sort of a rapid snack. Apples do not ferment in the stomach and cannot provoke gas and abdominal swelling, even if taken together with foods rich with starch such as potatoes or beans.
. Papaya can be consumed after the meal. This fruit can help in the digestive process of foods rich with protein, owing to a particular enzyme named “papaina”
. Pineapples can refresh the mouth. Chunks or slices of pineapple are just excellent right after the meal. These contain a small amount of calories and are just delightful to be taken as a sort of dessert. Moreover, if eaten after an abundant meal, pineapples can facilitate the assimilation of the protein in various kinds of meat and fish.
. Grapefruits before and after the meal. These can stimulate the release of gastric and biliary juices. This means that grapefruits have important appetizer and digestive properties. Moreover, recent studies have supposed that grapefruits, taken after the meal, can contribute in reducing the absorption of fat in the blood and can help in the metabolism of glucose.
. Melon and watermelon can slow down digestion. A slice of watermelon should be taken distant from the meal, as a sort of a refreshing treat, as this can decelerate the secretion of the gastric juices , making digestion long and laborious.
. Cherries, strawberries, raspberries and other red colored fruits only after the meal. According to recent studies made in the United States, red colored fruits can control the rapid increase of fat and sugar levels in the blood, which usually comes after indulging in a high-calorie meal containing principally animal protein. A sure advantage for the heart and the circulatory system.
The capacity of red colored fruits to impede the rapid augment of sugar and fat levels in the blood is primarily due to the presence of polyphenols. But this particular family of molecules is actively involved not only in red colored fruits, but is also involved in a wide variety of fruits such as apples, citrus fruits, both white and red grapes.
Polyphenols are very effective in neutralizing the free radicals which can damage the cells causing them to age. Polyphenols are also essential for the balance and functioning of the collection of natural antioxidants in the form of enzymes, molecules and vitamins in the human body.
Fruits Are A Source of Indispensable Vitamins
Finally, it is surely not the case to renounce at fruits just because these may slow down digestion. Fruits are a precious source of important vitamins and nutrients needed for the correct functioning of the human organism.
The vitamins in fruits can have valuable effects to the urinary tract system. These can also reinforce the memory and the eyes, and can protect the human organism from agents responsible of precocious ageing of the skin.
Moreover, fruits are loaded with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which can surely benefit the health.
Picture: A Bowl of Fruits