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Diet & Nutrition > Foods > Fruit

Delicious treats and essential nutrition

Eating fruit plays a major role in detoxifying our body systems as well as supplying a great deal of energy and many agree that "Fruit is the most important of all our foods." áSome species of monkeys and other mammals have a diet which is almost totally consisting of fruit, and some people fortunate enough to live in a good location also enjoy a diet based on fruit.

According to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter, he said. "If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the Secret of Beauty, Longevity, Health, Energy, Happiness and normal weight."

There are countless varieties of fruit available to us, and while fruit grows most abundantly in tropical and temperate regions of the Earth, there are some fruits which grow naturally in colder climates. Macrobiotic and other dietary specialists as well as green economists advise that we should be eating the fruit that grows in the region of the world in which we live. This is so that we reduce our carbon footprint and that eating foods grown now location are best suited for good health within that region.

The correct way to eat fruit

We all think eating fruit as a snack, dessert, and that we can just pick or buy any fruit, cut it up and pop it into our mouths. áBut please know that fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach, this means not eating fruit after a meal! When we eat fruit, it is quickly digested and passes rapidly through our digestive tract,áso if you eat fruit after other foods that take longer to digest, those other foods will interfere with the digestion, assimilationáand the passage of the fruit through our digestive tract.

Let's say you eat two slices of bread, then a piece of fruit. áThe slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it's prevented from doing so. In the meantime, the whole meal rots and ferments, and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

Eat your fruit on an empty stomach, or before your meal! You've heard people complain: Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas. Hence, you bloat!

Don't eat cooked fruit; you don't get the nutrients at all as cooking destroys most nutrients.

Some popular fruits:
  1. Apples: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants and flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risk of colon cancer, heart attack and stroke. There are a great many varieties of apples, some of them are sweet and and delicious off the tree, some will store better than others, while some are so sour they can be only eaten by cooking.
  2. Guava: Top for vitamin C content.Guava is also rich in fibre, which helps prevent constipation.
  3. Kiwi fruit: Tiny but mighty, and a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fibre. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange! Was originally imported into New Zealand from China as a decorative plant, however, in New Zealand have produced the characteristic green and furry kiwifruit. Plant stock were then taken back to China and other countries and became productive. Most commercially available kiwifruit today is picked green and stored for long periods and cool stores, which greatly degrades the quality and taste fruit. A modified variety known as golden kiwifruit has a smoother skin and a sweeter taste and this is becoming more popular than the standard variety. Kiwi fruit grow in any mild temperate, subtropical áclimate.
  4. Oranges: Eating 2 to 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones, and reduce the risk of colon cancer. There are many varieties of oranges including lemons, limes, mandarins and tangelos, which all present different levels of flavour and juiciness. Orangeságrow in any mild temperate subtropical, or tropicaláclimate
  5. Papaya or pawpaw: Top for vitamin C, rich in fiber and carotene which is good for your eyes.
  6. Strawberries: A Protective Fruit, strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits and protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals. Strawberrieságrow in any temperate climate.
  7. Watermelon: The coolest thirst quencher. Composed ofá 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. Also a key source of lycopene, the cancer-fighting oxidant. Also found in watermelon are Vitamin C and Potassium. Watermelon grow in any mild temperate, subtropical, or tropical climate.

Fruit Juice

When you need to drink fruit juice drink only freshly squeezedá fruit juice, DO NOT drink concentrated juice from cartons or cans, these are often made from reconstituted juice and may contain additives.

Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit-fast to cleanse your body. Eat fruit and drink fruit juice for just 3 days, and you will be surprised when your friends say how radiant you look!

Herbert M Shelton



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