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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