Mixing fruits and vegetables

By John Murray / November 17, 2017
fruits and vegetables

We hear more and more how it is completely wrong to eat fruit and vegetables at the same time or mix them. Whether you are mixing up juice or making a salad, you should avoid combining fruits and vegies. But is it true? Should we run away from this combination? We believe that it is true that on certain occasions you should avoid this combo, but with a few tips, it can work perfectly. Read a bit more to find out more about the nutritional facts of fruit and vegetables and the ways to combine them.

Nutritional value

fresh foodBoth of our culprits for today`s topic are nutrient-rich foods. Both have high levels of essential nutrients which include vitamins and fiber. The most important vitamins are A and K, the essential mineral is potassium, and both contain a lot of fiber. The main difference between fruits and vegies when it comes to nutritional value is the level of carbohydrates and protein. Fruits have absolutely no protein in them but have high levels of sugars and carbs. Vegetables, on the other hand, have almost no carbs, the only exceptions being peas, potatoes, and other starchy plants. Also, vegies contain almost no sugar but can have significant quantities of protein. These differences are the major arguments which nutrition experts point out not to consume fruits and vegies at the same time.

Digestion

Fruits digest quickly, and if you consume them with other foods which take longer to dissolve in out the digestive system, they will ferment. Experts state that we should not eat fruit combined with other foods because of this fact. The digestive system begins in the mouth where the saliva starts to break down carbohydrates. Then the stomach mixes everything, and the digestion process continues. Enzymes and acids dissolve protein and other carbs. Finally, the process finishes in the small intestine.

Don’t save on the green stuff

There is no reason to exclude fruit and vegetables from your diet. In fact, many studies show that people in the developed world do not eat enough of fruits and vegetables. With a daily quota, you will intake a healthy level of vitamins and minerals and help fight off chronic diseases which include heart problems, diabetes, and even cancer. Fresh produce is low in calories so eat as much as you can if you are on a weight loss program.

Conclusion

In most cases, eating fruits and vegetables together should not pose a problem. In fact, most nutritional experts encourage it. However, if you feel abdominal pain or problems with indigestion, you should consult your doctor and consume them separately. Also, if you have problems with diabetes, you should avoid starchy vegetables with high carb content. This way you will control your blood sugar levels. There are no health hazards connected with this issue unless you already have a chronic disease or another medical problem. So, go ahead and enjoy your fruit and vegetable salad.

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