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Fruit combining 

Enjoying smoothies each day has become a pastime for my family and I!  However there were some areas in which I had no knowledge required serious attention and could in the long run ruin one’s digestive system. 

Before my smoothie intake on a daily basis I did not suffer from bloating – even after carrying a twin pregnancy and the trauma after this – my belly area flattened pretty quickly.  Months into smoothies and combining wrongly I realised my digestion was not right, I was full almost immediately after a few spoons of food and could no longer finish a litre of any smoothie I made 

I researched and found a post on Instagram  by @chakabars regarding the use of fruits – I studied the combinations and noticed all the fruits I was using wrongly! THIS MUST BE MY PROBLEM i immediately thought – I researched further (as I do) and realised I was creating all sorts of negative digestive activity in my stomach with my smoothie intake! 

I quickly applied what I found to my smoothie blends and in 2 weeks I noticed and most importantly could feel real results with my digestive system.  
My bowels are now less inflammed and I am able to enjoy simple meals again.  

FRUITS 

Fruits are powerhouses that require no specific help from other foods – adding other safe foods are considered just a bonus and nothing more.  

A melon for instance is a major digestive aid – therefore no food should be digested   after consuming to allow it work its magic and not cause unnecessary fermentation within the gut and swelling. 

Tropical fruits are packed full of digestive enzymes which sweep up the digestive  tract/system and cleanse the colon of foods recently eaten – introducing new foods while this process is taking place is damaging for the gut area. 

Fruits travel through the digestive tract very quickly (within an hour) which is why it’s so important not to eat them with any other food group (scienceofeating.com) 

COMBINATIONS

  1. Sub-acid & Sweet (fine)
  2. Acid & Sub-acid (fine)
  3. ❌Sweet & Acid❌ (DO NOT COMBINE

Here is a list of fruits (popular) fruit categories: 

SUB ACID –  digestion time:  30 – 40 minutes 

  • Apple 
  • Apricot 
  • Blueberry 
  • Cherry 
  • Grapes (not sweet or sour)
  • Kiwi
  • Lychee 
  • Mango
  • Nectarine
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Plum (sweet) 

ACID 

Contain the most fibre and rich in antioxidants – digestion time: 20 to 30 minutes 

  • Blackberries
  • Cherries (sour)
  • Cranberry
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes (sour)
  • Grapefruit 
  • Kumquats
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Loganberries 
  • Orange 
  • Pineapple
  • Plum (sour)
  • Pomegranate 
  • Raspberries 
  • Sour apple 
  • Strawberries 
  • Tangelo
  • Tangerine 
  • Tomatoes 

SWEET

Contain minerals and concentrated sugars (energy boost) which the body takes longer to fully digest  – digestion time: 40 – 60 minutes 

  • Banana
  • Dates 
  • Figs
  • Grapes (sweet)
  • Papaya????
  • Persimmon
  • Prunes 
  • Raisins 

MELONS

As simply explained, melons  “are practically all water, which the human body breaks them down immediately and it’s important not to mix them with other foods, including other fruits.” (Scienceofeating.com) Digestion time: 5 to 10 minutes

  • Cantaloupe 
  • Casaba
  • Honeydew
  • Persian
  • Watermelon

NOTE :I personally wait out the whole digestion time – so if i snack on a banana I wait for at least an hour before anything solid enters my mouth. 

Papaya pops up in both the sub-acid and sweet categories – this is fine as sub can be mixed successfully with sweet! 

I do hope the above directs you in the right direction when selecting fruits for fruit salads, smoothies and even juices.  It has surely made a difference in my life and I would love to know how it has worked for you❤️

Stay inspired🔆

 Sources:

  thescienceofeating.com 

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