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Fruits you should not have together

We all believe that the healthiest lunch is a bowl of fruits and vegetables. We chop every fruit and vegetable in our refrigerator, squeeze in some lime, sprinkle with salt, and call it the healthiest ever. Is this, however, the best course of action?

You need a lesson on how to prepare salads if you don’t classify your fruits according to whether they are acidic, sweet, or neutral. To begin with, mixing fruits and vegetables is not a good idea. Secondly, there are some fruits that you should never even mix together. This essentially relies on how quickly various fruits and veggies digest. It’s possible that a lot of the changes you’re making are impeding proper assimilation and digestion.

This will help you choose what to put in your bowl the next time.

Have melons with melons

Melons are celibates. They never pair up with anyone else. Have them by themselves as they may not digest well with any other fruit. This is because they digest faster than most other fruits owing to their high water content. Avoid mixing your watermelons, muskmelons, cantaloupe and honeydews with other fruits.

Never have acidic/sub acidic with sweet fruits

Try not to mix acidic fruits, such as grapefruits and strawberries, or sub-acidic foods such as apples, pomegranates, and peaches, with sweet fruits, such as bananas and raisins for better digestion. However, you can mix acidic with sub-acidic fruits.

For a similar reason, you should not mix guavas and bananas. Some studies claim that the duo can even increase your chances of nausea, acidosis and headaches.

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Fruits you should not have together

Never have fruits with vegetables

Fruits and vegetables digest differently. Fruits have a quicker pace of digestion and in fact, many nutritionists say that they are partially digested by the time they reach the stomach. Also, fruits have more sugar content, something that can hinder the digestive process of vegetables.

For the same reason, one shouldn’t mix orange with carrot as when taken together, they may cause heartburn and excess bile reflux.

Never mix starchy with high protein

Only a few fruits are starchy in nature. These include green bananas and plantains. But there are many vegetables that are starchy in nature, such as corns, potatoes, cowpeas, black-eyed peas, and water chestnuts. You should never mix them with high protein fruits and vegetables such as raisins, guava, spinach, and broccoli. This is because your body needs an acidic base to digest proteins and an alkaline base to digest starches.

4 quick fruit fixes

– Consume between 4 to 6 fruits at one time.

– If you have had a lot of proteins, have papaya the next morning as it contains papain to break it down.

– If you have over-eaten salt, have a water-based fruit, like watermelon, the next morning to flush out the salt.

– If you have had excess carbs, like pasta, have apple the next morning as your body needs to work out more to break the complex carbs that an apple contains. This helps prevent bloating which may otherwise be caused by simple carbs like the ones in pasta.

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