If you were advised to eat fruits only on an empty stomach, this is a myth. No matter when you eat fruits, you still gain all of their nutritional benefits. In fact, contrary to popular belief, eating fruits with other foods may, in fact, benefit you more. Although fruits might release a little gas once they reach the colon, they are healthy for your body. So, make fruits a constant part of your daily diet.
Fruits are a rich source of everything good you need. They are abundant in proteins, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial compounds. That said, you may have heard people say that you may lose out on these amazing nutritional benefits if you don’t consume fruits on an empty stomach. Wondering if there’s any truth to this? Let’s find out.
What Is Being Said?
Eating fruits on an empty stomach can be more beneficial than eating them after or with other foods later during the day. When other foods are in your stomach, they prevent fruits from being digested. The fruits stay in your stomach and rot, causing a number of health issues ranging from bloating and weight gain to graying hair and dark circles. Eating them on an empty stomach, on the other hand, has the opposite effect. It aids detoxification and weight loss and allows you to enjoy fruits in all their glory.
Is This A Myth Or A Fact?
Food, in general, cannot rot in the stomach. Rotting would mean that bacteria are acting on the food you eat and decomposing them. This isn’t really possible because your stomach has hydrochloric acid, which has a low pH. The acid eliminates any bacteria that have entered your digestive tract with your food, leaving no scope for any food to rot. This means that you can eat fruits at any time of the day. You can also consume them after eating other foods and still gain all their health benefits. So, what you’ve heard is most definitely a myth.
Even if you do experience bloating of any kind after eating fruits with other foods, it’s because they’ve reached the colon. The colon is what is home to a lot of bacteria. And any food you eat takes about 6–10 hours to reach it. So, even if you ate fruits on an empty stomach, chances are you may experience gas later during the day.
The vitamins and sugar in fruits are absorbed by the small intestine. The complex fibers in them, on the other hand, pass through without being digested much. When this fiber reaches the colon, the bacteria there feed on it and release gas irrespective of whether you ate just fruits on an empty stomach or after eating something else.1 Also, some vitamins and minerals are best absorbed in combination with other foods. For instance, iron is best absorbed in combination with foods rich in vitamin C.
When Should You Eat Fruits?
If someone’s recommended eating fruits on an empty stomach to you saying it aids weight loss, there’s no truth to this. Weight loss is a slow process and must be achieved by eating all kinds of nutritious food at regular intervals. This, of course, is in addition to sufficient physical activity.
So, ensure that you eat fruits regularly – irrespective of whether you choose to eat them on an empty stomach or not. You could also eat just fruits or in combination with other foods. The point is that you eat them and in sufficient quantities because they’re among the best sources of all nutrients.