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Are Fruits Poisoning Us?
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Are Fruits Poisoning Us?

I won’t repeat everything several of us already know about fruits. There are tons of benefits, not to mention their sweet aroma and wonderful flavours. However, these little wonders of nature can actually poison our system if not handled properly. Unlike vegetables, which can be mixed with pretty much anything, fruits need to be handled with care… lots of it. First thing we need to understand about them, before understanding how they can actually harm us, is knowing their categories.

1- Acids This is the group which contains all citrus fruits except lime. Others include pineapple, passion fruit and tamarind. Their main characteristics are the obvious acid flavour, their capacity to lower cholesterol and uric acid, and their high content of complex acids.

2- Semi-acids This group contains the fruits that are slightly acid in flavour, due to the less complex nature of their acid content. Apricots, strawberries, tomatoes, seeded passion fruit and peaches. They are high in protein and contain cyanide.

3- Sweet fruits The sweetest ones are the ones that contain vitamins such as A, B12, B15, C and E and do not contain acid. These can be mixed together amongst themselves without a problem, except for watermelon. Others in this category include bananas, papaya, pears, grenadine and apples.

4- Neutral Like the name indicates, these fruits do not have a strong flavour. However, they are rich in protein, minerals, oligoelements and vitamins. This is the category of all types of nuts – peanuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and so on – and coconut.

The fruit is complex in nature. Since they are sweet and / or acid, our stomachs need to produce a different secretion to digest them. This is why it is important not to mix certain fruits together, nor to eat fruits along with most other types of food. According to Montignac, a popular French Canadian dietician and author, these colourful and tasty organisms need to be eaten either at breakfast – alone, or some fruits can be mixed with vegetables – or on an empty stomach, two hours before your next meal. Therefore, the fruit can be digested properly without needing to secrete more than one type of stomach fluid at a time. For some of us, the idea of never having fruits for dessert or as part of a meal can be devastating.  Therefore, moderation is needed, if not a complete change in habits.

If that wasn’t already difficult enough, there is also the problem of having to separate certain fruits to avoid irritating our digestive track. Acids and semi-acids absolutely cannot be mixed with other types of fruits on top of needing to be eaten without any other food groups. However, you can mix sweet fruits with vegetables since they do not produce any negative effects. They do not, however, mix with any other food group.

Any form of nut or dried fruit, or their oils, cannot be mixed with sweet fruits since they produce a form of poisonous fermentation, resulting in severe indigestion and may lead to disruptions in the liver.  So much for peanut butter with certain flavours of jam, or with banana slices.

Other examples of harmful mixes include:

1- Carrots and oranges together create a high level of acidity in the system which can lead to damage to the ureter or renal system by over-stimulating the biliary system and destabilizing the liver.

2- Mixing pineapples with any form of dairy can poison the system.

3- Lemons and papayas mixed together can destabilize the system’s haemoglobin levels, leading to anaemia.

4- Guava and banana mixes cause hyperacidity or acidosis.

With this in mind, when choosing juice blends – choose carefully!

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  1. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
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    1. SnakeWitch
      TY! So appreciated!
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  2. dianabart
    Thank you- very informative and helpful!~ Voted and shared!
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  3. Carolyn
    Vote #3! Thanks for the info...especially since I have an orange packed in my lunch for the night shift,
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  4. kristo
    Wow, I mix all the bad ones together :( Also mangos contain urushiol resin, the same sap which is in cashews and poison ivy and can cause allergic reactions like painful blisters on the mouth and sometimes throughout the body. Its so sad because they taste so good.
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    1. SnakeWitch
      If it's only blisters that result from it... I think I might just still go for it. Hey, they're so good, I believe it's worth it. I don't remember ever getting blisters from mango or cashews, though, or any allergy-like reaction. I'll keep my eyes open.
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  5. Carolyn
    Congrats for making top posts!
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  6. Veganara
    Vote no 11, SnakeWitch; this is a really intriguing article, thanks for posting this. Very well researched. I had no idea, although I have actually never been a great lover of fruit, as it has never seemed to agree with me: now I know why! I have often found the acid content of fruit upsets my stomach, and maybe I have been mixing the wrong ones together,as your article suggests. I am interested that you say some fruits contain vitamin B12: I thought that was only found in animal sources? I know vegans have to be careful about getting enough B12. On the subject of possible problems with fruit, I also heard that grapefruits contain some substance, possibly a phyto-oestrogen, that can interfere with the action of the contraceptive pill!! Worrying, eh? I wonder if that may be the cause of some unplanned pregnancies, when the women were on the pill at the time, and taking it regularly!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Vitamin B12 is considered an incredibly important nutrient only because meat has such a high quantity. We actually don't need as much as the health charts suggest - same goes for protein - and fruits and vegetables do contain a bit of it. What happens is that those that measure the content find it so small in that food group that they consider it as irrelevant. And, as for acidity, some people do have a hard time with it. I've often found myself with a nasty heartburn from orange juice, but it may just be because I used to drink it with milk when I was not vegan, so the mix made some nasty mix in my stomach....
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