The food editors of Better Homes & Gardens magazine promote unhealthy mixing of fruits and veggies.
By the way, have you noticed how overexposed their images are? Never in the real life colors are that vibrant. While from the aesthetic point of view this picture looks attractive and a lot of effort went into arranging this plate, combining fruits and vegetables is bad for your stomach. Here, they combined strawberries and watermelon, with beets, radishes, lettuce and sprinkled it with dill.
It does look attractive, but fruits and vegetables should not be mixed together.
At Life by You, we take the ancient wisdom of our forefathers into account, not the flashy pictures of food editors who must come with a new idea every month to keep their readers amused.
In our Slavic tradition, we were told that fruits should be consumed alone and on an empty stomach. We were to eat fruits as a desert about 1 hour after the main meal. However, even fruits are not all equal as there are some fruits that should not be eaten together.
Vegetables and salads were eaten with the main course. While ancient people never explained the “why” of their rules, today we know that mixing the two is very bad for your digestive system. Wrong food combination may even be toxic.
Fruits contain sugar, digest quickly and ferment in the stomach if eaten with other foods. Many people feel abdominal pain or indigestion after eating a salad as presented above. That’s a sure sign that mixing fruits and vegetables is not good for your health.
Eat Fruits from the Same Category
Not all fruits are the same. Fruits are divided into acid, sub-acid and sweet categories.
Do not mix acid and sweet
Acid fruits are grapefruit and other citrus, pineapples, pomegranates, sour apples and plums, strawberries and tomatoes. Do not mix them with sweet fruits like grapes, bananas, persimmon, figs, prunes, and dates.
Don’t overdo on acid
Grapefruit and other citrus can be hard on the stomach. Mix them with sub-acid fruits like blueberries. Sub-acid fruits can be combined with acid or sweet fruits.
Subacid fruits are...
Sweet apples, apricots, cherries, mangoes, nectarines, pears, papayas and berries.
Melons don’t like company
Melon should be eaten on their own. All melons have a very high water content and digest even faster than the other fruits.
Avoid the standard fruit salad served in restaurants
It’s usually a digestion-slowing mix of fruits from incompatible categorist such as melon, apple, pineapple, banana, and strawberry. Instead, make a berry bowl using berries such blueberries, raspberries or elderberries.
Before workout pick fiber rich fruits
Melons contain a lot of water so they are great for hydration, but they digest too quickly to sustain you. On the other hand, sweet fruits contain sugar that offers only short-lived energy. Instead, choose a sub-acid fruit like a red apple or a nectarine with more density and fiber for staying power.