Combining Fruit and Milk

We have all seen the commercials on TV where they mix in strawberries with the Cheerios cereal. Cheerios is a healthy cereal and you already know how big of a supporter of milk I am. But what about mixing in fruit with milk? What are the rules behind that and really, how healthy is that?

Before I tell you the answer, let me ask you a question. If you put lemon into your milk, what will happen to your milk? It will curdle, right? The sourness of the lemon will cause the milk to go sour and hence go bad. It is the sour quality that affects the quality of milk. Even if you add salt to milk, the milk will curdle.

So really, milk can only be combined with only purely sweet and ripe fruits. For example, a ripe, sweet mango can be combined with milk. Raisins and dates can also be combined. All berries are a no. That strawberry may be sweet, but it is also sour in taste. When you add the berries to your milk, it may not curdle right away, but it will curdle in your stomach. This will lead to indigestion and other digestive problems.

What about bananas and milk? Ripe bananas are sweet in taste, but its property changes by the time it goes from your mouth down to the stomach. By the time the banana reaches your stomach, it becomes sour. Therefore, if you mix the banana with milk, the banana will cause the milk to curdle in your stomach and therefore, you will most likely feel really heavy afterwards. Remember, after eating any meal or snack, you should not feel heavy afterwards. If you are feeling heavy, then you are having indigestion.

With that said and bananas being the one exception to the rule, only purely sweet tastes can be mixed with milk. Not sure what the exact taste or quality is of a fruit? Send me an email and I will let you know. Also, I am working on a chart that outlines the most common fruits, vegetables, and other foods, in which I will let you know what its tastes are and how it affects the doshas. So keep a look out for that…it should be up in a few weeks.

Eat your fruits and drink your milk!!! Separately, they are very good for you. And by separately, I mean to say that you should allow at least one hour (ideally three hours) in between the consumption of the fruit and milk. This way, you won’t be mixing the two together during the digestive process :)

Health and happiness,

Varsha