What is the best time of day to eat fruit? I heard it shouldn't be used in the evening because it could damage the liver. Is that right? ”Asks a reader from Hofgeismar. "No," says Dr. Roya Janani-Sostmann, nutritionist in Kassel, and gives tips for a healthy diet.
Is it unhealthy to eat fruit at certain times of the day?
Basically, it doesn't matter whether you eat fruit in the morning, at noon or in the evening - apples, pears or bananas are healthy at any time of the day. Only people with heartburn should avoid citrus fruits in the evening because the acidic belching when falling asleep can be very uncomfortable.
For some people, vitamin C also acts like a stimulant - these people should also avoid fruit in the evening in order to be able to sleep peacefully. In general, however, fruit and vegetables are important for a healthy body due to the vitamins, minerals and secondary plant substances they contain and, above all, prevent cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure.
How Much Fruits and Vegetables Should I Eat Every Day?
The German Nutrition Society (DGE) advises eating fruit and vegetables with five meals a day. At least 400 grams of vegetables and 250 grams of fruit are a healthy amount every day. In general, however, the following applies: the more fruit and vegetables, the better. It is important to eat varied and balanced fruits and vegetables. Apples are particularly healthy because Boskoop, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious contain more vitamins and phytochemicals than other fruits.
Can effervescent tablets or vitamin pills replace fruit?
No, because the combination of vitamins and secondary plant substances is healthy. Effervescent powder or tablets usually only supply the body with one of these substances on one side. Such means are therefore not very suitable for eating really healthy. There is no getting around fresh fruit from the market.
Apart from fruit and vegetables, what else is part of a wholesome diet?
A mix of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. So pasta, rice and potatoes are just as important as fish and meat. But not all fats are the same - while animal fats are rather unhealthy and have a negative effect on the cholesterol level, vegetable fats are important for the body. When cooking, you should therefore use rapeseed oil or vegetable margarine rather than butter.
There is detailed information on a healthy diet on the website www.dge.de.
By Christoph Steinbach