3 Antidotes to Overeating

By Amy Paturel, "3 Antidotes to Overeating," May/June 2008

These 3 foods will help fix the damage of a rich meal.

"I agree with the comments about fruit consumption being timed before a meal and on an empty stomach. Digestion is digestion. Let's not make a mess of it. "

I agree with the last few comments about the fruits. They should not be eaten after a meal, especially after you've eaten lots of protein and starchy foods, these foods take much longer to digest than fruits and vegetables. Fruits should be eaten before the meal, however its best to eat them as a snack on their own. When there are too many different foods being ingested, the body gets confused. There are specific enzymes to digest each one so if the stomach is working on digesting proteins, then it will push back the digesting time of the others. So, as the result of eating fruits after a big meal, you may experience an upset stomach and usually gas... which is probably best to avoid. Eat veggies before proteins save the big stuff for last because it will take much longer to digest and will save you on a possibly embarrassing issue later on in the night. cheers!


06/14/2010 - 5:39pm

Any vinegar works. Balsamic vinegar reductions are also very tasty on fruit and even ice cream! Take 1c of balsamic vinegar and simmer it down until it's 1/4c and set aside to cool in an airtight container. (DO NOT put it in the fridge--it'll harden and be useless, and make sure you wash the pan right away or the sugar will stick to the pan and it's really hard to clean.) A little goes a really long way and it makes food taste sooo good.


06/09/2010 - 3:25pm

wow..fruit juice does not take the place of wine. After the fermentation process that turns the fruit sugar in to alcohol and a person consumes the alcohol (any alcohol), Blood in the body of that person metabolizes differently. Remember wine and Vinegar are closely related. This will not happen with juice. Juice will not work like fruit either due to the fact it doesn't contain the valuable fiber that the body does not absorb and works to speed up metabolism.


06/09/2010 - 10:15am

It doesn't make other food rot, the fruit rots. Fruit is digested very quickly so if not eaten on an empty stomach, it will get thrown to the top and will digest after the other food is digested


05/26/2010 - 8:43am

Fruit does not make other food rot in the stomach. Where on earth did such an idea come from?


05/24/2010 - 7:51pm

i am a nutritionist and i suggest that people eat fruits but after 3 hours from the main dish


05/24/2010 - 4:19am

What about Balsamic Vinegar could you substitute that for the Apple Cider Vinegar???


05/22/2010 - 7:15pm

I thought you were supposed to eat fruit on an empty stomach because it gets in the way of digestion of other types of foods and makes the other foods rott in your stomach when eaten together??


05/20/2010 - 11:26pm

What these studies fail to take into account is that regular old grape juice can do the same for you as wine. You don't need to drink alcohol to get the benefits they describe.


03/15/2010 - 7:29pm

Welch's just came out with a Grape/Black Cherry mix fruit juice - I have found this works in place of red wine


01/06/2010 - 3:55pm

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