We love to have our share of fruits for the day. But have you ever wondered whether there is a correct way of having fruits especially when you are sick or transitioning toward winter? Ayurvedic practitioner Nidhi Pandya’s guide to having fruits is something we came across and decided to understand more about.
“Do you love fruit? Not more than me. I am the ultimate fruit lover. But I have changed up my fruit game in the last 10 years. And it’s COMPLETELY changed my body,” said Nidhi in a post on Instagram.
According to her, there are certain ‘rules’ to having fruits.
*Do not overload yourself with fruit. Every fruit behaves differently. Have 1-2 compatible fruits at a time.
*Fruit ferments faster. Eat fruit by itself.
*Eat uncooked fruit between 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Use the energy of the sun to cook your food so that it doesn’t make a wet pool inside. So, no fruit for breakfast.
*No raw fruits in the winter. So stew and add cinnamon.
*Not all fruits are equal. Pick wisely. Two fruits can be as different in their nutritional content as rice and wheat.
*No fruits when sick. “Especially during a fever or cold, your agni isn’t at par,” said Nidhi.
However, pomegranates can be eaten by anyone, anytime even when you are sick. But melons are the trickiest with all types to be eaten by themselves.
Can these insights help you better your ‘fruit game’?
Having fruits in between meals is always better as it allows for better nutrition absorption, said Pavithra N Raj, chief dietitian, Manipal Hospital, Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore. “Fruits have a good amount of fibre, which means combining and having it along with meals is not advised. Also, fruits have micronutrients; so, when combined and eaten along with meals, nutrition absorption may not happen to the fullest,” Pavithra said.
3 kinds of fruits must never be had together
– Astringent fruits: apples, berries, cherries, and pear
– Sweet fruits: Papaya, mango banana, peach, and avocado
– Sour fruits: Orange, lemon, tangerine, and grapefruits
The expert emphasised that combining fruits may cause some digestion and bloating problems. “Eating one fruit at a time is always good because each fruit is different in nature — some are citrus, some are carbohydrate-rich and some others are vitamin and potassium-rich,” said Pavithra.