Not Again!

What goes around comes around – again and again, when the internet and food myths are concerned.  I wrote a while back about an e-mail that was forwarded to me, and probably to millions of others.  Well, I got the very same e-mail message recently, this time claiming that Dr. Oz says to eat fruit on an empty stomach to avoid having all of your food rot inside of you.  I wondered, “Did Dr. Oz REALLY say that?!”  The answer is emphatically “NO”.  Here is a link to some of Dr. Oz’s comments, taken completely out of context.

This is the e-mail I received:

We  all think eating fruit means just buying fruit,  cutting it up and popping it into our mouths.  It’s not that easy. It’s important to know how and when to eat fruit.

What’s the correct way to eat fruit?



Eating fruit like that plays a major role in  detoxifying your system, supplying you with a  great deal of energy for weight loss and other  life activities.


Let’s say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The slice of

fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines,

but it’s prevented from doing so.

In the meantime, the whole meal rots and ferments,  and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and  digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins  to spoil.

Eat  your fruit on an empty stomach, or  before your meal! You’ve heard people complain:  Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat  durian my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I  feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty  stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas.. Hence, you bloat!

There’s  no such thing as some fruits, like orange and  lemon are acidic, because all fruit becomes  alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert  Shelton who did research on this matter. If you

have mastered the correct way of eating fruit,  you   have the Secret of Beauty, Longevity,  Health, Energy, Happiness and normal  weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT the concentrated  juice from the cans. Don’t drink juice that has been heated. Don’t eat cooked fruit; you don’t get the nutrients at all. You get only the taste. Cooking destroys all of the vitamins.

Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice.  If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit-fast to cleanse your body.  Eat fruit and drink fruit juice for just 3 days, and you will be surprised when your friends say how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty, and a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fiber.. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

AN  APPLE a day  keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a  low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants and  flavonoids which enhances the activity of  vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risk of  colon cancer, heart attack and stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits and  protect the body from cancer-causing, blood  vessel-clogging free radicals.

EATING  2 – 4 ORANGES a day  may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol,  prevent and dissolve kidney stones, and reduce  the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest  thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is  also packed with a giant dose of glutathione,  which helps boost our immune system. Also a key  source of lycopene, the cancer-fighting oxidant.  Also found in watermelon: Vitamin C and  Potassium.

GUAVA  & PAPAYA: Top  awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners  for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also  rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation.  Papaya is rich in carotene, good for your eyes.

Drinking  Cold water after a meal =  Cancer!

Can  you believe this? For those who like to drink  cold water, this applies to you. It’s nice to  have a cold drink after a meal, however, the  cold water will solidify the oily stuff that  you’ve just consumed, which slows digestion.  Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks.


Women  should know that not every heart attack symptom  is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also  common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who  have a heart attack while they’re asleep do not  wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a  sound sleep. Be careful, and be aware. The more  we know, the better our chance to survive.

A  cardiologist said if everyone who gets this mail  sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that  we’ll save at least one life.

It  can even be  your life!

Is your head spinning yet?  In fairness to the author, whoever he/she may be, there are a few tidbits of truth and information thrown into the mix (to lend some validity to the bogus claims perhaps?).  The information about nutrients in different fruits is valuable, and yes, the part about heart disease symptoms is good advice, but the cold water claim is a doozy!

The internet has dramatically increased our access to information, and much of that is good, but the fallacies tend to create confusion and take the focus off the important basics of healthy eating.  There is a tendency to believe what we see in print.  Please remember that anyone can send out false information, and once it gets going, it can take on a life of its own.  Let’s set the record straight.  Fruits and vegetables are good to eat:  raw, cooked, canned, frozen or fresh, AND on an empty stomach or with other food.   Period – unless, of course, personal experience tells you otherwise.  Then, by all means, do what works best for you.  The stomach is affected by stress, and some foods cause certain people to feel uncomfortable.  It is a good idea to work with your body to find the best formula for your health and well-being.


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