Our expert says:
Surprisingly I have not yet seen the e-mail by this Dr Stephen Mak about the do's and dont's of eating fruit because most of these hoax e-mails eventually reach me via concerned friends! There is no reason why one should only eat fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit eaten after other foods will certainly NOT rot in the stomach. If you consider that the stomach per se contains a very powerful acid (hydrochloric acid) at a pH well below 4, that is able to digest most foods rapidly and efficiently, then any fruit eaten after other foods, will be digested just as thoroughly as all the other foods. Fruits are indeed very healthy foods and research has shown that eating fruit and vegetables can protect us against the so-called “diseases of lifestyle”, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gout, etc., so I do agree with Dr Mak that eating fruit may protect against diseases like cancer. However, your approach of eating 2 fruits a day plus 3 vegetables to make up the desirable 5-a-day is perfectly sensible and adequate.
It is usually a good idea to disregard these 'horror' e-mails because so many of the facts in them are not based on scientific evidence.
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