Should You Eat Fruit after Dinner?
There are votes in favor and others against the question of eating fruit after dinner or at night in general. Some people say that fruit isn’t technically a dessert, others think it’s better to eat fruit before dinner, and of course plenty of people believe that eating an apple, pear, or banana after dinner can be a simple and sweet treat.
In today’s article we’ll clear up this mystery. Don’t change the page!
Eating fruit before dinner
You’ve probably been taught to first eat savory things, followed by sweets. But some people think that, in order to avoid problems with digestion, it’s better to eat sweet things like fruit before your dinner.
Why? Because it will make you feel more full and satisfied. That’s great if you’re on a diet and don’t want to add two pounds to your waistline before you go to bed. Some people eat a lot of food for dinner, and that’s not good for your overall health.
If you choose to eat fruit after dinner, on the other hand, you’re adding the calories contained in these fruits that won’t help you maintain your weight, nor will it help you shed even a pound. From a nutritional point of view, eating fruits at night doesn’t help you with weight loss the same way it does during the day.
This is because fruits help speed up your metabolism, but it only occurs when you’re active. If you’re lying on the sofa or in bed asleep, your metabolism is always going to work more slowly.
- Fat (in small quantities)
Most of the time, people (hopefully) only eat one piece of fruit after dinner, viewing it as a dessert. But that’s the worst time to eat them.
Most of the nutrients we listed above are lost during your digestion thanks to the fermentation of the sugar content. That’s why a lot of people feel sick when they eat fruit.
It’s not a great idea to eat fruit whenever you want during the day, either, because it contains a substance known as fructose that the body converts to glucose and energy. If you don’t use it up, it gets stored in your body as fat.
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The advantages and disadvantages of eating fruit at night
Let’s start with a list of why fruits can be an excellent option for dessert:
- They’re a healthy and rich snack when not consumed in excess.
- They’re filled with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that your body needs.
- They help reduce the risk of serious diseases.
- They help you maintain a healthy weight.
- They’re a better alternative to desserts filled with processed sugars, other sweets, and more.
- They can help satisfy your appetite so you don’t eat as much at night.
And now for the cons:
- Since most fruits contain sugar, the spike in your bloodstream is not recommended for diabetics.
- They can interfere with your weight loss goals if you replace any other food item with fruit.
Please read: Juices to reduce type 2 diabetes in a week
So when is the best time to eat fruit?
Thanks to all the information above, we just have one question (and no doubt you do too): when can you eat fruit? As everyone knows, it’s good for your health, but this theory that you shouldn’t eat them for dessert has confused us.
Here’s the answer: in the morning. And naturally, we’ll give you plenty of information to back up this claim.
When you eat fruit at breakfast it’s a great way to start your day with a healthy dose of natural energy. Your metabolism works the fastest until noon because this is usually the time that you’re most active during the day.
If you have an apple, orange, strawberries, or a pear for breakfast (along with other healthy choices, of course), you’ll burn more calories than you would if you only drank a cup of coffee.
Remember that fruits have a low fat content, so it’s not a good idea to only limit yourself to these foods in the morning. Your body needs carbohydrates as well, and especially fiber.
But in addition to eating your fruit in the morning you can also add them as an afternoon snack. They’re perfect for when your “batteries are low” and you still have tons of things to do, especially like going to the gym after work, to night classes, or when your family is waiting for you at home.
Fruits are an essential component of your diet, as long as you eat them correctly. Everything depends on your personal body type and how much you eat.
If you want to have a few grapes after dinner for example, that’s fine, but avoid something heavier like a banana.
Always have a variety of healthy and natural snacking options available to you when you’re running low on energy, and then remember these central tenets:
- Eat fruit before dinner
- Eat fruit at breakfast
- Eat fruit in the afternoon
- And let’s add one more: eat fruit by itself
This is how you can take the best advantage of the nutrients contained in these delicious natural foods. You’ll be avoiding the following:
- A heavy stomach
- Weight gain
- Stomach aches
- Lack of nutrients
And now, one last tip: don’t mix different types of fruits together, for example, sour and sweet. Try to stick to one type at a time. And always eat fresh fruits – avoid those that are canned, processed, frozen, or sold in the grocery store as juice. Whenever possible, buy organic fruits.