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What is the right time to eat fruits?

Readers Lounge By Rachel Murugi
Eating whole fruits is better than any other fruity options (Shutterstock)

Fruits are a healthy addition to a daily diet. Their sugars, fibre and water content give a good health boost.

There are, however, myths revolving around the best time to eat fruits which we'll demystify. One of the things to know is that eating whole fruits is better than any other fruity options. Whole fruits include fruit juices, dried fruits and canned fruits.

Also, more often than not, processed fruits contain more sugars and preservatives which doesn't work best from a health perspective.

To determine how and when to eat fruits, here are things to consider.

When you're losing weight

Eating fruits does slow digestion when taken before a meal. Although it is quite insignificant for some, when you take fruits, you're likely to feel fuller.

As a result, if you're trying to lose weight, taking fruits before a meal will make you take smaller portions of the meal and get you in shape.

A diet of fruits and vegetables only is proven to make people leaner and not gain unnecessary weight.

A precaution on getting pre-diabetes

A pre-diabetic is one who is at a risk of getting diabetes. When such people eat fruits on an empty stomach, their blood sugar can skyrocket. This ultimately makes digestion of the fruits, especially those rich in carbohydrates harder.

Fruits offer a great diet boost, fibers and good vitamins (Shutterstock)

Guide for diabetic persons

If you are diabetic, your body does not produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar in check. If you eat a lot of fruits, your blood sugar can increase. This occurs because the fruits you consume have fructose.

Fruits before bedtime?

Taking fruits before bedtime may sound like a sweet thing to do. There are myths that you won't be able to sleep well after eating these.

Eating fruits before bedtime is okay and has no adverse effects.

Avoid when sensitive to acidic foods

Most fruits are acidic. If you are sensitive to acidic foods, you'll want to put aside that bowl of fruits. Be sure to know when you are sensitive to acidity as it will guide your palate and food choice in general.

In conclusion, eat fruits at any time of the day. They offer a great diet boost, fibers and good vitamins. So, get your fruits eating game on.

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