The Misunderstanding of Eating Fruits
Don't use fruit instead of dinner. The human body needs a variety of nutrients to maintain survival, especially a certain amount of fat every day to maintain the renewal and repair of tissues and organs. Fruit contains more than 85% water, but less than 1% protein. It contains almost no essential fatty acids and is far from meeting the nutritional needs of the human body. Fruit can only be used as a supplement to dinner, delicious but not too much.
Don't eat fruit to lose weight. In fact, fruit is not a low energy food, and its calories far exceed those of vegetables of the same quality, requiring moderate consumption. Because the sugar content in fruits is high, and they are easily digestible monosaccharides and disaccharides. Although fruit contains less calories by weight than rice, it is often difficult to overeat because of its sweet taste, leading to excessive sugar intake. Eating fruit to lose weight is not scientific and can easily lead to an imbalance in energy supply.
Not superstitious about high-end fruits. The nutrient content of imported fruits is not necessarily high. When eating fruit, it is natural to "eat fresh first.". Fresh fruit not only has a good taste, but also retains its nutritional value, enabling the human body to maximize access to nutrients such as vitamins in the fruit. While those imported fruits have already begun to undergo nutrient degradation during the journey, their freshness is not ideal. Moreover, due to the need for long-distance transportation, fruit farmers often pick the fruit before it is fully mature, and then use chemicals to preserve it, which is likely to affect the quality of the fruit.
Eat more than just a single fruit. When eating fruits, people should also promote the word "miscellaneous", that is, eating fruits should also be diversified to obtain multiple nutrients and promote nutritional balance.
So, what are the benefits of eating fruit before meals?
The benefits of eating fruit before meals
Many components in fruit are water-soluble, including vitamin C and soluble plant fiber pectin, which can reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Its digestion and absorption do not require the mixing of complex digestive fluids, and can be quickly absorbed through the stomach into the small intestine. The absorption rate on an empty stomach is much higher than after a full meal.
Eating fruit before meals is conducive to a healthy diet that is "eight points full.". Fruit is a low calorie food, with an average calorie of only one quarter of that of pasta of the same weight, and about one tenth of that of meat such as pork. It is easier to grasp the total intake by eating low calorie foods first.
Many fruits themselves are prone to oxidation and corruption. Eating fruits first can shorten their retention time in the stomach, reduce their degree of oxidation and corruption, and reduce possible adverse effects on the body.
From this perspective, eating fruit before meals is more beneficial to the body.