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Food Combining and When to Eat Fruit

Should Fruit Be Eaten Alone?

Can't get enough fruit? While perfect on its own, fresh fruit also takes great in cereal, salads, with cheese, topped with yogurt, or in smoothies. Recently a friend forwarded me an article claiming that to fully reap the nutritional benefits of fruit, it should be eaten separately, on an empty stomach. Have you heard this too?

A basic theory of trophology, a nutritional philosophy on food combining, is that fruits should be eaten as separate meals. It's said that fruit digests at a faster rate and requires different digestive enzymes than other foods such as proteins or carbs. When consumed with these foods the digestion of fruit is delayed, causing it to ferment in your gut. Strict supporters of the food combining theory attribute digestive issues like upset tummy, indigestion, gas, and constipation to mixing your fruit with other foods.

But don't give up your peanut butter and banana sandwiches just yet! You can feel good eating your fruit in whichever way you please since there's no scientific research to back up this fruit philosophy. If you're having issues with digesting fruit, you could try eating it separately to see if your body handles it better, but in my experiences, if I eat an apple on its own, my stomach wages a full-on rebellion.

Tell me, do you prefer eating fruit alone or with other foods?

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Zhibek15353212 Zhibek15353212 3 years
All these posts that talk about what and when to eat are ridiculus. I love reading them but they all are so extreme and often ignore that everyone is different. For five years I thought I had IBS or something else wrong with my gut because when I ate lunch, no matter what I ate or snacked in the afternoon or in the evening I would get extremely bloated and gaseous with such sever pains I cried it hurt so much. I went to many doctors tested for everything and I don't have lactose intolerance or celiac disease and everything seems to be normal. But after some time logging I noticed a few things. Bananas and oranges just destroy my stomach sometimes and god forbid I eat a pear and within 10 minutes I am bloated and in pain. But the crazy thing is that sometimes I don't react like that to pears or bananas. That made me so frustrated because I couldn't figure out what made the difference. Recently I did figure out though that when I let myself go hungry for a long time and then snack on vegetables or especially fruits my stomach gets destroyed. So I Can NEVER eat fruits on an empty stomach especially if they are pears, and bananas. So to me people saying that you must eat it on an empty stomach are very NARROW MiNDED. EVERYONE IS dIFFERENT!!! I never had problems with apples and I observed that it is because I always have oatmeal and an apple for breakfast. I eat my apple after the oatmeal as dessert to make sure I have plenty of fiber and sugar to get me through the morning. But if I eat it by itself when I am hungry as I did just now because I had nothing else with me to eat, the past hour has been a nightmare. So PLEASE eat your fruits THE WAY tHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU! Much love and bless you all :)))
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
whatever, the principle of this approach don't apply to me because i eat almost all my fruit on its own, in between meals and generally do not like to mix fruit with my other meals; despite this, i'm presently as bloated as a balloon and struggling with indigestion (pross due to a lack of soluble fibre?) and I do min. 40 mins cardio & 10 mins yoga daily, so...go figure
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
Oh I don't have time to worry about when I eat my fruit. Most often it's my "dessert", and lately I just eat an apple when I need a snack. This is interesting to me though because occasionally if I eat an apple and carrots (typically baby carrots) in the same lunch I feel mildly nauseous afterwards so this might explain it.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I actually am in the minority here, but I happen to like fruit by itself. Not that I won't eat it with other things, but I just enjoy the taste of it on it's own without any other distractions!
Mouzzer Mouzzer 7 years
Hmmm, when I have a banana ON an empty tummy, my tummy becomes very distended and uncomfortable. This is at least, one fruit that I have to eat with other food or shortly after. It's the same with tomatoes but not quite as intense. Anyone else??
Angelica Angelica 7 years
This is really fascinating. Reminds me of that football player you wrote about who eats for his blood type and combines odd foods. I partially believe it, but like you, fruit is one of my favorite food dressers. I will not stop!
louisanaib louisanaib 7 years
well i used to eat it alone, an apple here, a banana there, but then my trainer said that is a BIG NO NO! She said fruit should always be eaten with protein!!!! What do i do!!! I don't feel bad eating it either way. But APPLES always make me burp! BAD!
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I'll eat it alone or in combination with other foods. I've heard this before and it still sounds fake.
verr0nica verr0nica 7 years
Most combinations everyone enjoys like fruit and yogurt, or fruit and cereal don't do a lot of harm bc yogurt and cereal are digested pretty fast compared to things like meat or beans. I know I can only eat fruit early in the day and not with coffee and not as desert or it will give mr acid pains. It really depends on the person and pb and banana never did me wrong thank goodness.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I eat it both alone and with other foods, and I've never had a problem either way. I feel like any way people can get their recommended fruit intake should be commended.
michlny michlny 7 years
I have apple cravings after every meal. So, I cannot give it up though I've read this from various sources as well...
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 7 years
No way am I gonna give up eating bananas with Dark Chocolate Dream peanut butter!!! No way!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
I've read that. I don't know if it's true but I have fruit alone sometimes if it's for a snack but I like berries in my cereal to make it a little more filling and add more nutrients to the meal. I also like berries in my yogurt.
annnnnnnie annnnnnnie 7 years
I've heard that too..that way you get the full benefits in your fruit (enzymes and all that good stuff). So now my first meal of everyday is fruit and I try not to eat fruit right after a big meal. I LOVE FRUIT too..! I still combine fruit with all other things. just not as frequently as before and i really try to eat my fruit on an empty stomach
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
If you're supposed to have fat with vegetables to help absorb the vitamins, wouldn't the same be true for fruit? And fruit is nothing but carbs, so maybe this theory should hold that fruit requires different digestive enzymes than other foods such as proteins or fats.
theworldloves theworldloves 7 years
I LOVE FRUIT. fresh and whole is the best, but i'll eat it with yogurt (sometimes frozen fruit), in smoothies, and in salad. but i always eat/use fresh fruit.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't buy into the whole "food-combining" stuff for the most part. I generally eat fruit both ways...sometimes I'll eat an apple alone, other times I'll eat a bowl of berries with yogurt and granola on it. I'm pretty sure I get nutritional benefits from both.
I've heard of this theory. I've done both. Today I ate an apple all by itself and earlier I had strawberries with greek yogurt. I didn't find either to effect me or my digestion. I don't see how anything can ferment when it's being murdered by your stomach acid, but maybe there's something to this.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I eat fruit both alone and with other foods (I'm actually eating an orange as I type this), and neither has affected my stomach. The only thing that ever really upset my stomach was greasy meat, which I don't eat anymore. Plus, I don't know how fruit could make you constipated - it has so much fiber!
SFCA SFCA 7 years
Wow, I got something like this from my mom in a chain letter...
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Why restrict eating fruit to one form? Nope, I'll eat it either way.
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