According to many nutritionists and dieticians, eating fruit with meat at the same time can cause digestion problems. The theory is based on the idea that specific foods create either an alkaline or acidic stomach environment; and this change can make it more difficult for the body to digest foods in an acidic environment if the body normally requires an alkaline environment and vice versa.
The reality is that when people say that the body cannot digest fruit and meat together, it is not really a true statement. The fact is that your body will not be digesting the foods in the same place and at the same time anyway. For instance, when taking a closer look at the digestion process, we find that starches start to digest in the mouth, but they are not completely digested until they pass through the stomach and enter into the small intestine. In addition, fats and proteins will begin to digest in the stomach. However, they remain there for around two hours until they are sent to the small intestine. When it comes to fruit, it will not be digested at all until it reaches the small intestine. Likewise, some of the fruit will not even be digested at all because it is not necessary in order to be expelled from the body.
So, it is not unhealthy per se to eat fruit with meat. The real question is whether you have another issue that prevents you from eating fruit with meat. The key is to listen to your own body. If you are a person who has trouble with stomach reflux, flatulence, cramping, and bloating, then there may be other things going on in your body that are causing these problems such as:
1. Not chewing your food long enough.
According to the Westchester University of Pennsylvania, you should focus on chewing your food approximately 30-50 times per mouthful because this will help your food to completely mix with your saliva and aid in proper digestion. So if you are not counting the number of times you chew your food, this may contribute to your digestion problems.
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