Ayurveda explains how to eat fruits & vegetables

Everyone talks about eating healthy and eating fruits are considered the most convenient alternative to other kinds of unhealthy snacking options like junk food. But, there are some hows and whys of consuming these fruits especially in the Ayurveda texts. Let’s understand this better by understanding our body’s relationship with fruits.

Some of the rules are as follows:-

  • Fruits immediately after a meal is just “wrong”. The reason behind this is that a disruption in the digestion of the ingested food items occurs. Also, it leads to fermentation in the stomach. Therefore, eating fruits first and then your meal after a small gap is alright because the former would be digested by then.
  • Also eating fruits after a meal can lead to several consequences like bloating and gas formation to indigestion and even weight gain. This could have more long-term consequences like skin diseases and chronic disorders.
  • Eating fruits after a meal is considered a good example of virudh ahaar (incompatible foods). In Ayurveda, there are 18 types of food incompatibilities which include cooked (meals) and uncooked (fruits) food items, among others.
  • The only raw food that is advised to be consumed with cooked food is that which is grown underground.
  • The combination of milk and fruits is also wrong.
  • Fruits are not allowed to be mixed with milk unless they’re completely sweet. Some fruits are astringent, like pomegranates, while others are sweet, like berries. Only the latter should be combined with milk, after they have ripened entirely on the tree. The vidhi (process) of milk is different from fruits.
  • The best time to have milk is at night while the best time to have fruits is during the day. This is precisely why banana shakes should be avoided, along with mango shakes unless the mango has ripened completely on the tree before being plucked and has not been ripened chemically or with adulteration.
  • Vegetables are almost never eaten raw and it’s the opposite for fruits. Consequently, the two should not be mixed.
  • Since both vegetables and fruits have different origins and manners of consumption, they’re advised against from being combined. Exceptions include, tomatoes and avocados.
  • Combining vegetables with fruits is considered a “slow poison” resulting in various health problems over a period of time. The gap between the two should be about two hours so that there’s enough time for the stomach to empty itself.
  • Raw food is not advised for lean people with low weight as it can increase dryness. Even though raw food is a good idea, it cannot become regular food over a long period of time.

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