Ayurveda Advises Against Eating Oranges After Meals; Here’s Why – Times Now

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Eating oranges with meals can cause sickness and allergic reactions

Winter is the season for yummy, juicy, and fresh oranges, known for being rich in vitamin C and antioxidants which bring a plethora of health benefits. Apart from boosting your immunity, oranges are also good for skin, hair, and digestion and protect your cells from damage.

You would want to eat the citrus-laden oranges at any time of the day, but according to Ayurveda – the ancient Indian medical practice, consuming these after meals can be problematic, and can lead to many side effects, causing discomfort and harm to your health.

Ayurveda recommends eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to bring in a lot of diversity to your diet, apart from their health benefits.

Experts say two servings of raw fruit can provide you with nutrients to function well as they keep you hydrated and prevent unhealthy munching, thereby helping you lose weight as well. 1

But to gain these benefits of eating fruits you need to eat them at the right time and pair correctly.

And so, as per Ayurveda most fruits, including oranges should be eaten in a particular way and at a particular time. Pairing them with dairy, vegetables or meat will be harmful to your body in more than one way.

Harmful effects of eating oranges with meals

Oranges and other citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruit, kiwi, and pineapples are packed with citric acid, which gives them their tart and sour taste.

According to studies, it can cause sickness and allergic reactions to the additive, along with joint pain with swelling and stiffness, muscular and stomach pain, as well as breathlessness in those who eat them regularly after meals. 2

Research also says since acids in citrus fruits break down quickly as compared to any other food, pairing it with your lunches or dinner can lead to the formation of toxins in the body, known as ama. This is because the pairing of foods may delay the digestion process.

Fruits stay in the stomach for as long as the heaviest food takes to digest, making it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients. Digestive juices then begin to ferment it, which is generally toxic and may increase the risk of illness and other health-related conditions like:

  • Acidity
  • Stomachache
  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux

What is the right time to have oranges?

Experts say as per Ayurveda the right time to have fruit, especially citrus ones, is in the morning on an empty stomach.

It is because the stomach can easily absorb maximum nutrients from oranges or other vitamin C-rich fruits and simple carbs are also best to eat during the early hours of the day, especially pre-workout.

Also, you can eat oranges as a snack in between your meals to curb your hunger, as it can provide you with essential vitamins and minerals while preventing you from unhealthy munching.

According to experts, 11 am or 4 pm is the best time to these fruits and if you had your breakfast and lunch late, then wait for at least 30-40 minutes to eat these.

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