The importance of fruit on an empty stomach only: Fruit can be your main staple on a candida diet provided it is eaten properly.
Fruit is the perfect food, but it needs to enter the body uninhibited. On an empty stomach, fruit passes directly through the stomach and into the intestines for absorption. It has all the necessary bacteria and enzymes to break down without any digestive assistance provided that it does not get mixed up with already present food in the stomach, and the fruit is ripe. For this reason it is best to eat fruit at the beginning of the day for as long as you like until you feel like switching to vegetables or seeds.
Ideally one fruit should be eaten at a time, and wait 20 minutes before eating again, or switching to a different fruit. I also like to throw fruit in the blender to make it go down really easy.
If you eat fruit with other foods, it will ferment and cause gas in the stomach. This is when Candida will flourish. Combining fruits with other fruit is ok, as long as they are the same type. For example you don’t want to mix an acidic pineapple with a starchy apple.
Examples: Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Pineapple, Tangerine, Tomato, Pommelo, Kumquat, Carambola.
|Acid fruits should not be eaten with sweet fruits, melons, legumes, or starches. Use caution when combining them with vegetables, fats and high-fat fruit. They combine well with leafy greens, proteins, and sub acid fruit. At least partially because of their high water content, acid fruit tends to digest very quickly.|
|Sub Acid Fruit
Examples: Pear, Plum, Apple, Blackberry, Cherry, Grape, Peach, Paw Paw, Raspberry, Longan, Mango, Blueberry, Tamarillo, Papaya, Guava.
|Sub acid fruit combines well with acid fruit, sweet fruit and leafy greens. Use caution when combining them with proteins. Do not combine them with sweet fruit, melons, high-fat fruit, vegetables, legumes, starches, or fats and oils.|
Examples: Watermelon, Canary, Santa Claus, Winter Melon, Muskmelon, Persian, Crenshaw, Christmas, Cantaloupe, Banana Melon, Gala, Honeydew.
|Melons move through the stomach and digestive system faster than any other fruit, and they often combine poorly with most other foods. This is why melons, perhaps more than any other fruit, are often signaled out as upsetting people’s stomachs. They combine well with leafy greens, and that’s about it.|
|Sweet fruit contain less water than most other fruit, and digests slower. They combine well with leafy green vegetables, sweet fruit and sub acid fruits. They do not combine well with vegetables, legumes, starches, fats, proteins, and acid fruit.|
|High-fat fruit is an odd-ball category. Many could be placed in either the fats/oils category or the sweet fruit category. These fruits are unique, though, in their higher-than-usual fat content, increased digestion time, and propensity for slowing down the secretion of digestive fluids. They should generally be eaten by themselves or with leafy green vegetables for optimal digestion. You may be able to get away with combining some of them – such as avocado- with acid fruit like tomato as part of a salad or dressing.|
For detailed information of proper food combining see: http://www.raw-food-health.net/Raw-Food-Combining.html