- Fruit Juice is considered good for health
- But if consumed with meal they can do more harm than good
- Ayurveda doesn't recommend drinking Fruit Juices with meal
Fruit juices are great for those who are not in a mood to eat whole fruits (which is definitely a much more healthier option). In times of flu or fever, fresh fruit juices are the best way to ensure steady inflow of vitamin and nutrients. Be it orange, mausambi, apple or pineapple, there are so many fruits, out of which you can prepare healthy and wholesome juices. While we know that juices are the best when prepared at home- fresh and without preservatives, but did you know that there are a certain times in a day when even these nutrient dense juices are asked to avoid even by the experts? According to "The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies" by Dr. Vasant Lad, "Eating fruit or drinking fruit juice with a meal, is an unhealthy eating habit one should be weary of". Here's why.
"Fruit juices and even fruits should be avoided with anything salty. This can increase the risk of skin diseases and 42 different types of diseases according to Ayurveda. The combination can also trigger problems like acidity and obesity. Sugar and salt are of two opposite nature. In Ayurveda, eating as per the nature of the food is very important, otherwise it can wreak havoc in your system by introducing toxins."
As per Ayurveda, certain food combinations disturb the normal functioning of the gastric fire and upset the balance of the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). Incompatible combination of foods can produce indigestion, fermentation, gas formation and bloating.
Dr. Dhanvantri adds, "There are two aspects that must be kept in mind as far as food combinations are concerned. One is whether the food is 'sanskaar viruddh', which has to be ensured at the time of cooking. One should never cook food with two ingredients whose natures are not complementary. Second thing that must be ensured while you are consuming food is to know whether or not they are 'sahyog viruddh'. For instance, drinking fruit juice with salty foods is 'sahyog virudh'. Even milk should not be paired with salty food." Many a times you chug down a glass of milk with parathas. That is one of the worst thing that you can do to your digestive system.
Consumption of fruit juices and fruits should also be avoided close to bed time. Eating fruits right before going to bed can release a lot of sugar, causing spike in energy, when your body should be preparing to slow down and rest. However, this doesn't mean you don't have enough fruits in the day. Fruits are an excellent source of vitamins, antioxidants and mineral.
So the next time you pick up your favourite fruit, you may want to have it before or after your meal.