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When is the best time to eat fruits for health benefits?

Many people have the habit of eating fruits as a dessert after a meal. However, is it really good to eat like that and when is the best time to eat fruit for health?

Some individuals complain about discomforts like "eating watermelon makes my stomach sour," and "eating durian causes bloating," when they eat fruit after meal. But are these issues really caused by eating these fruits? So, when is the best time to eat fruits for health benefits?


The time when you should eat fruits.

The time when you should eat fruits.
The time when you should eat fruits.

10 minutes before breakfast


According to Dr. Zumurrud Patel, nutritionist, fruit is a high-fructose food, so you should eat it in the morning when you have just had a long sleep. Because at this time, the body needs the most energy.


Eating fruit in the morning creates a more appetizing feeling when having a meal because fruit contains acids that stimulate appetite. However, people with gastrointestinal diseases are not suitable to eat fruit for breakfast.


Before eating dinner and two hours after meals


Eating rice and then eating fruit will prevent the absorption of nutrients from the fruit. For example, when you eat 2 slices of bread, then you continue to eat 1 slice of fruit for dessert. The fruit should have gone straight through the stomach and into the intestines, but it was prevented. The food in the stomach is being digested and fermented, when the fruit enters the stomach, it is also fermented and mixed into the food, creating gas that makes the body indigestible, this is the reason that some people after eating rice and eating fruit will have symptoms of heartburn, bloating ...

Fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach (1 hour before meals and 2 hours after meals).
Fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach (1 hour before meals and 2 hours after meals).

Therefore, you should eat fruit on an empty stomach (1 hour before a meal and 2 hours after a meal) for the best effect: Get instant energy, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are absorbed more easily and effectively on an empty stomach.


Eating fruit before dinner because fruit is low in calories and rich in fiber will satisfy hunger, reducing the amount of calories that will be consumed at dinner. Fruits to eat are pineapple and apple.


Before and after exercise

Eat fruit before and after exercise
Eat fruit before and after exercise

Nguyen Thuong Hanh - General Internal Medicine - Emergency Resuscitation, currently an assessor at Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, said that eating fruit before exercise helps you provide energy to have endurance when exercising with high intensity.


After exercise, fruit provides a new source of energy and essential electrolytes for the body.


The time when you should not eat fruits.

The time when you should not eat fruits.
The time when you should not eat fruits.

Before going to bed: This is the worst time because when eating fruit at this time frame will cause blood sugar and insulin in the body to disrupt your sleep and reduce needed energy.


Eat fruit with a meal or immediately after a meal: Stop immediately if you do not want your stomach to be blocked. The fruit will stay longer and start to ferment in your body, causing you to slow down digestion.


Eating fruits is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They provide vital nutrients and fiber, contributing to overall well-being. Whether as a refreshing snack or part of your meals, fruits offer numerous health benefits. For the best quality and variety of fruits, explore VnAgroExports. Discover a wide range of delicious and nutritious fruits from Vietnam, ensuring you get the freshest produce. Embrace a healthier lifestyle with VnAgroExports' premium fruit selections.

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