Usually have desserts after lunch

Misconception: Fruit is not a healthy dessert

Those who pay attention to their lines like to forego the high-calorie dessert and choose fruit for dessert instead. Unfortunately, this is not doing anything good for your health or figure!

Five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, according to the latest studies, even more - this is the popular recommendation that most people know and which health-conscious people like to adhere to. For dessert, instead of the piece of sand cake with plums, it is better to choose only the fruit or, after a long meal, you can let a wonderfully sweet fig melt on your tongue. You should actually be doing something good for your health, after all, you can easily get the recommended portions. But even if fruit is full of nutrients and is certainly a healthier choice than cake, it is not advisable to snack from the fruit basket after eating.

Two servings of fruit are enough

Fruit and vegetables in large quantities? When it comes to vegetables, you can really have your eyes bigger than your stomach, there is no such thing as too many vegetables. In the case of fruit, however, things are quite different again. Because fruit contains a lot of fructose, which can not only spread on the hips, but also stress the liver in large quantities and is associated with fatty liver. Most of the fructose contains smoothies or fruit juices. Around 25 grams of fructose a day is not a problem for most people, but a glass of apple juice already contains 20 grams. In order not to exceed the recommended 25 grams, you should follow the recommendation to consume two servings of fruit a day - but then on sweet fruit and forego juices.

Figs are temptingly sweet
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Pay attention to the right time

It is best to grab the fruit in the morning and in the course of the morning. In a nice morning muesli you can easily get the recommended two servings, but you can sweeten the morning with sweet fruit even without muesli. That perks you up and gives you energy. In the afternoons and evenings, however, the fruit plate should only be viewed as a decorative element and should no longer be used, because the high fructose content could cause stomach pain as an unpleasant consequence. But there is another reason why fruit is unsuitable for dessert.

Different digestion time

Fruit is usually digested in no time in the stomach. No wonder, after all, most of the fruits consist of water. If you eat fruit in the morning on an empty stomach, you not only supply the body with important nutrients, but also stimulate the body's own detoxification. But things look completely different when you reach for fruit for dessert after a sumptuous meal.

Because now the water-containing fruit is not digested quickly, but remains in the stomach until the Wiener Schnitzel and the potato salad have been digested, which easily takes a few hours. But what does the sweet fig do that you treat yourself to as dessert? It begins to ferment in the stomach. Instead of energy, the body now has to struggle with digestion and you get tired. If the fruit lingers too long in the stomach, abdominal pain, an uncomfortable feeling of fullness, gas, heartburn or diarrhea can occur as a result.