Love noshing on fruits? Beware of these 4 toxic fruit combinations

Published on: 17 April 2022, 15:17 pm IST

Fruits are dense with nutrients but also rich in sugar and fibre. Therefore you should avoid certain fruit combinations as they can be really dangerous.

Aayushi Gupta
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Next time think about what you're mixing in that fruit bowl. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Don’t you just love fruit salad made with fresh seasonal fruits? Most of us do! Turning to a fruit salad is a great idea to pack in the nutrients for the body. But hear us carefully – some fruit combinations can be harmful!

No matter how healthy or tasty the fruits you are choosing are while adding to your salad or consuming together, some fruits should not be eaten together!

HealthShots got in touch with Dr Swathi Reddy (PT), Consultant Physiotherapist and certified diet counsellor and MIAP, Motherhood Hospitals, Bengaluru, to understand that combining which fruits can be dangerous.

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Make the most out of the fruits by avoiding harmful combinations. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Harmful fruit combinations can take a toll on your digestive health

We should be aware that combining a few fruits can cause a harmful impact on our digestive system and on our health as well. Fruits are seen to be highly nutritious, and full of vitamins and minerals. However, fruits can be classified as acidic, high water content, sweet and neutral. Most of us have a habit of chopping all the available fruits and vegetables and mixing them in a bowl to enjoy the healthiest meal ever. However, while it is true that fruits are very healthy, mixing different types of fruits with vegetables and other fruits can cause digestive problems and some serious chronic problems.

Here are some fruits that you should not mix:

1. Never combine melons with any other fruits

It is recommended to avoid mixing watermelons, muskmelons, cantaloupe, and honeydrops with other fruits. “Melons should only be eaten with melons as they are digested more rapidly than other fruits. Melons have high water content, so they might not digest properly when combined with fruits,” said Dr Reddy.

2. Avoid mixing starchy fruits with high-protein fruits

Some fruits that are starchy in nature include green bananas and plantains. It is important to avoid mixing these fruits with high-protein fruits such as guava, dried apricot, kiwifruit, avocado, and blackberries. Combining the two can be dangerous as the body needs an acidic base to digest proteins and an alkaline base to break starches.

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3. Avoid mixing acidic fruits with sweet fruits

Acidic and sub-acidic fruits such as grapefruits, strawberries, apples, pomegranates, and peaches, should never be combined with sweet fruits such as bananas and raisins. This is because it often leads to digestive problems, nausea, acidosis, and headaches.

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Avoid these combinations and follow a correct way to eat fruits! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Avoid mixing papaya and lemon

Have you heard of this combination? For a few of you, it may be delicious and for a few, it may be odd. But it’s better to avoid this combination. Anaemia or haemoglobin imbalance are just a few consequences of mixing these. Furthermore, according to Dr Reddy, it can be really dangerous for children, so try to avoid these fruits together as much as you can.

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Avoid consuming fruits and veggies together

It’s not advisable to combine fruits and veggies, because the high sugar content of fruits can hinder the digestive process of vegetables. So, yes, eating oranges and carrots together may not be the best for your tummy!

Though fruits are a great source of potassium, vitamin C, folic acid, and other essential antioxidants that we need, combinations of the above fruits need to be avoided. Any fruits, if taken in excess, is also not good.

You can always check out the days that you had these combinations and if had any discomforts the following day. Follow it according to your body’s reaction, suggest Dr Reddy.

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