Nutritionist Belousova: eating fruit on an empty stomach is harmful only in case of illness

Nutritionist Anna Belousova said that eating fruit on an empty stomach does not harm healthy people.

There is an opinion that eating fruits on an empty stomach is harmful because they contain acids and can irritate the stomach walls, causing heartburn and pain. But nutritionist Belousova said: the harm of eating fruit on an empty stomach is a myth; such food does not interfere with a healthy stomach.

“The harm of fruit on an empty stomach is another myth. If we look back at the historical and cultural traditions of different nationalities, we will see that in some countries fruits are eaten on an empty stomach quite calmly, and nothing happens from this. A healthy person can eat fruits at any time – on an empty stomach, before meals or after meals,” the doctor shared her opinion with Sputnik radio.
Anna Belousova added that the only exception to this rule are pineapples: rich in enzymes, they can actually irritate the gastric mucosa. It is recommended to eat these fruits during meals or immediately after them, as they activate the digestion process.

The nutritionist warned that eating fruits on an empty stomach is harmful in case of gastrointestinal disease. For example, if you have gastritis or a peptic ulcer with high acidity, it is better to avoid eating sour gifts of nature, fruits or berries on an empty stomach.

In case of exacerbation of gastrointestinal diseases, fresh fruits should be completely excluded from the diet, the doctor emphasized: “If a person has an exacerbation of diseases of the stomach, duodenum or small intestine, when the most gentle diet is required, fresh fruits are temporarily excluded from the diet, it doesn’t matter at what point they are consumed.”
Earlier, the portal wrote that to protect against the development of cancer in the diet, you need to limit the amount of red meat, oncologist Anton Ivanov spoke about this.

Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

Anna Belousova Anna Belousova Healthy lifestyle dietitian, nutritionist, therapist.