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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Fruits

Constituents: 80% of fruit is water. This keeps our body well hydrated. Second important component is soluble and insoluble fiber. This provides the smooth passage of food through a long intestinal tract by conserving moisture and increasing the mass. This plays an important role in effective digestion process. Thirdly, fruits are rich source of anti-oxidants. This prevents the body’s cell by neutralizing the free radicals. Free radicals are known to alter DNA, thereby causing fatal diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many others. Apart from this, fruits are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which are essential for proper growth, immunity power and longevity.

Right way to eat fruits: As fruits are most natural, easily assimilated, hence it is preferred to consume good quantity of fruits in the first half of the day. Fruits are most effective, when consumed on empty stomach, and giving another thirty minutes of gap before taking rest of the food. It is advisable to soak fruits (which are eaten with skin) in vinegar and then wash thoroughly before consumption. This cleans it effectively from pesticides and other chemicals.

Never eat fruits after meal, as it gets completely destroyed by strong gastric juices, which are present to digest rest of the meal and prolong its stay in stomach. Fruits should never be taken in juice form, as it loses its antioxidant property, moisture, fiber and most of the vital nutrients and vitamins. Fruit juice is just a sugary drink. Any claim of preserving the natural benefits of fruits in juice form is a myth.

Natural unsweetened low fat curd is an ideal combination, as it improves the assimilation process of fruits in small intestine.

Enjoy eating variety of fruits for a healthy, disease free life forever…

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