Some say that rules are made to be broken. But this is one rule that you’ll want to follow always: Eat fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit is healthy, we all know that. But to reap all of a fruit’s benefits, it’s important to know when to eat fruit.

Fruits break down the fastest of all foods – in about 20 – 30 minutes. This means that the digestive process works very quickly. Because of this fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach always. When fruits are eaten alone your stomach can process all the nutrients all the better. If you eat fruits immediately after a large meal, they’ll remain in the stomach for far too long sitting on top of foods that take longer to digest. Especially after starch and protein, fruits left undigested will ferment and turn to acid. Heartburn, bloating, indigestion, and other digestive problems that you may blame on your meal could all be because of the fermentation of the fruit in the stomach.

We have a beautiful Egyptian tradition of eating fruits daily. The problem with this is that we are so used to having fruits after lunch or dinner as a sweet treat. If we start eating fruits 30 minutes to one hour before a meal, or two hours after a meal, our digestion would be at its optimal health. This is something you’ll want to share with your kids – instead of teaching them the same habit we’re so used to, get them accustomed to eating fruits before any meal and not right after. So if you’re aiming for your daily requirement of 3 – 4 servings, try eating fruit first thing in the morning or as a snack between breakfast and lunch. Your body will thank you and reward you with tons of energy once you learn to eat fruits right.