Is There A Correct Way To Eat Fruits?

2009 September 20

Last week I was hanging out at a Lake in Hell, Michigan with a good friend of mine enjoying a beautiful Michigan Summer Sunday.

We were out on the Pontoon boat, there was a Jet Ski (one of my favorite water toys), BBQ, I was rekindling a Fire that took place the night before. The sun was shining. It was nice.

As the day progressed, everyone began getting hungry. They had already prepared a bunch of BBQ (nothing I would eat), a pasta salad and a large fruit salad.


Being Vegetarian… my options simply became pasta salad and fruit salad.

If you’ve ever been with a group of people at a BBQ on the Lake then you know that you pretty much grab a plate and stack a little bit of everything on your plate, find a place to eat and chow down.

Well, that’s where my conversation with my friend began.

You see… All I did was grab some of the fruit salad that had watermelon, grapes, kiwi, peaches, cantaloupe and strawberries in it. As I was walking away from the food… I was asked if I wanted any of the pasta… to which I mentioned, I’ll have some in about 20 minutes or so.

My friend asked me “Why? Is there a correct way to eat Fruits?” “Why are you waiting 20 minutes?”

I mentioned that when you eat fruit, there are some important things you want to be aware of on how your body reacts with fruit.

Things such as:

When you eat fruit, you should eat it on an empty stomach. If you eat fruit on an empty stomach, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of  energy.


Combining your Fruit with other foods can pose for multiple digestion challenges as well.

Let’s say you eat two slices of  bread and then a slice of fruit.. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so by the bread digesting.

So what happens is the whole meal begins to rot and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and the digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

What that means is that you should eat your fruits on an empty stomach and wait at least 20 minutes for the fruits to digest and pass out of the stomach into the intestines before you eat anything else. Otherwise, you may create unnecessary burping, gas, bloating, indigestion and more.


So… I ate my fruit, waited about 20 minutes and had a few bites of the veggie pasta salad.

It was a nice day on the lake.

To Your Health and Well-Being,

Shawn King

Wellness Coach

4 Comments leave one →
2009 October 6

Being a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, I have read some about the Gracie diet (the evolvers of the Brazilian form of this martial art). One of the original Gracies, Carlos, felt that diet was an extremely important part of training and life. They regularly had no holds barred challenge matches with fighters often double their size, and they needed every advantage possible. One of their advantages was their diet.
They believed that you shouldn’t eat certain fruits in combination with eachother and that you should eat fruit alone. Now I know why!
Great job Shawn.

2009 October 19

Ok—I re-learned something. I knew about this yet sometimes I ignore the things I’ve learned in favor of the easier route. I just had an apple and some high fiber cereal. So, I blew it. Next time, I will remember. Thank you! :)

2010 January 6

Thank you for making this often over-looked point, Shawn. Food combining is so important and so little understood by most people. I was extremely fortunate to have learned about it from my father who studied and practiced as a Naturopath in Australia back when food was pretty much all there was to work with (along with Iridology and a few supplements). I counsel my patients on food combining all the time because beyond being what we eat, we are what we can digest.

2010 November 27
leigh permalink

Hey great story…

BTW..Watermelon is a vegetable..


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