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When is the best time to eat fruit?

Tags: Fruit

I've read in several places that it's best to eat fruit in the morning as this is the best time of the day for the body to absorb the sugars they contain. Is this true or does it really not matter?

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The answer

The good news is that in terms of digesting and absorbing the sugars and other nutrients in fruit, it doesn’t really matter what time you eat it.

The key sugars found in fruit are fructose and glucose – and they come packaged in fruit with fibre, water and vitamins, and minerals such as vitamin C, folate and potassium, and beneficial antioxidants. The sugars in most fruit are absorbed moderately slowly into the body, and eating fruit as part of a balanced meal slows this even more, helping to keep blood sugar on an even keel.

Also, eating fruit with or after meals helps boost the absorption of iron from non-meat foods, thanks to its vitamin C content. Fruit also tastes great, and makes an ideal snack or dessert, so please do enjoy a few portions of fruit over the day as part your balanced diet − and to help you get at least 5 portions of fruit and veg each day.

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