Fruit after meals? No thanks! But...does it work for everyone? How many times have we heard that eating fruit after meals is not good and causes abdominal bloating, irritation and discomfort? And how many times have we actually eaten fruit after a meal with no symptom arising?
Let’s try to take a deeper look into the matter. As noted, fruit contains many vitamins. If taken with other nutrients, these vitamins have the ability to increase their absorption, thus making the meal itself more efficient from a nutritional point of view. For example, vitamin C, which is contained in citrus fruits and kiwi, promotes the assimilation of iron, especially if it comes from vegetable sources.
The same fruit also contains fructose, which is its typical sugar. To be turned into glucose and used by our body, fructose passes through the intestine, where it remains for quite a long time. And it is precisely at this point that problems of bloating and discomfort may arise. If the transformation into glucose does not happen efficiently and fructose remains for too long in the intestine, it can undergo a fermentation process, which is the real cause of intestinal disorders!
But then, why doesn't it hurt anyone? The real reason of intestinal problems caused by fruit, is the individual tolerance to fructose. As is the case with lactose, there are people who can tolerate it and people who are intolerant to it. Typically it has a limit of 15-20 g (about 250 g of fruit), but in reality it varies from one person to another.
Here is revealed the secret of fruit after meals!
Dr R. Cannataro