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The Correct Way to Eat Fruit

Lie Pie Title: The Correct Way to Eat Fruit
Lie Pie Classification: diet lie pie

Editor's Note:  Your Granny doesn't have much patience for this sort of thing.  There's lots to worry about in this old world, and "the correct way to eat fruit" ain't on my list of top concerns.  I briefly looked into Dr. Herbert Shelton, whose "research" is mentioned in this viral email.  Turns out, Dr. Shelton isn't exactly a medical doctor, and to say he has some detractors is a gross understatement.  Honey, I'm just not buying it.  This business of food rotting, putrefying and fermenting in your stomach ain't nothing but ridiculous nonsense.  Good Lord Almighty.

Here it is from Diana Post, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Question: Is there any evidence that eating fruit on an empty stomach is healthier than eating it after a meal?

Answer: The nutritional value of a piece of fruit is the same whether you eat it on an empty stomach or after a meal. What is important is that you try and eat fruit (and vegetables) every day.

Don't spend too much time in the Realm of Speculation, honey.  It's a place where you can very easily lose your bearings and waste lots of precious time and money.  --Granny, 1/28/09

UPDATE:  Here's more from  --Granny, 6/19/09


CORRECT WAY TO EAT FRUIT!!!! Very sensible advice....


We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it, and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how, and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss, and other life activities.

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.

In the meantime the whole meal rots, and ferments, and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

So eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining - every time I eat water-melon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat bananas, I feel like running to the toilet etc - actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach.

The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food, and produces gas, and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will not happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits like orange, and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did a research on this matter.

If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness, and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT From the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits, because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste.

Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.

You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body.

Just eat fruits, and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E & fiber. Its Vitamin C content istwice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit.
Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessels-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE : Sweetest medicine.
Taking 2 - 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

Thirst Quencher Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are Vitamin C & Potassium..

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for Vitamin C.
They are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

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