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Which fruits are best for COOKING ?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 07, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I'm trying to make digestion go as smoothly as possible. I've read that cooking your fruits and vegetables on low heat helps them get digested easier.

So... Which fruits are best for COOKING ?

EDIT: FYI: I'm not suggesting cooking ALL my fruit, just some! :-)

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on August 08, 2012
at 11:39 AM

I saw someone on a barbecue show who roasted a whole pineapple on a spit over the fire.

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on August 08, 2012
at 07:50 AM

Nemesis, I doubt that cavemen cooked their fruits often )

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on August 08, 2012
at 01:34 AM

Eugene, I'm sure cavemen had dessert every once in a while ;)

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

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on August 08, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Watermelon also makes for TERRIBLE beer: http://21st-amendment.com/beer/hell-or-high-watermelon

54f75fb54778cfa947990bec1175307a

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on August 08, 2012
at 12:36 AM

I wonder if cooking fruits is a good idea. It destroys vitamin C which protects from bad fructose effects in raw fruits but once you cook them.. They probably become like table sugar.

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on August 08, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Yeah, it works great for me. I don't eat many vegetables any more, almost entirely fruits and tubers.. guess what? My digestion after a few weeks stabilized and has been PERFECT. When I was eating vetables and doing keto, I ate vegetables almost entirely and rarely touched fruit.. Same thing happened, weeks later my digestion was stable and PERFECT. But what helped the most? Eating raw unwashed veggies or fruits, either/or, from my local farmer's market and organic gardeners..

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 08, 2012
at 12:22 AM

Watermelon, and really all sweet melons, are NASTY cooked, I will give you that! Smells awful, too. I make watermelon jam, and it is absolutely disgusting when hot and smells godawful, but it's good if you love the watermelon flavor after it's done, set, and chilled. (I don't like it myself, but that's just a personal preference.)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 08, 2012
at 12:20 AM

+1, dude. +10 if I could. That's a VERY good point about diversity and digesting fruits vs. veggies. It isn't optimal, for the average mostly-healthy person, to eat -everything- cooked or -everything- raw. I like to mix it up, too!

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Fry in coconut oil, top with cinnomon or a little bit of raw honey.. Delish

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:59 PM

Oh yeah! I love me some Paleo "pie." Ramekin or muffin tin of berries (my fave is blackberries but your choice, a little honey isn't bad but is certainly not necessary), put in oven and cook at like 250 until nice and soft and delicious. A sprinkle of shaved coconut or almond meal on the top to give it a little "pie crust" crunch near the end and let it toast up. Top with heavy whipped cream (if you do dairy) or whipped coconut cream.

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Pineapple is also good baked and sprinkled with cinnamon.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Yowza, that sounds good.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I had some grilled peaches for the first time the other day. They were R A D.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Awww yeaeeah!!!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Oooh yeah I saw some delicious pear pancetta crisps on Pinterest the other day, with a weensy bit of goat cheese and honey. I'm totally going to have to try that soon.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 07, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Pineapple. Grilled. Served with grilled or jerk chicken. Oh yeeeeah. You can do it in a cast iron on the stovetop too, if grilling isn't convenient/your thing.

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

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on August 08, 2012
at 11:39 AM

I saw someone on a barbecue show who roasted a whole pineapple on a spit over the fire.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

(864)

on August 07, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Awww yeaeeah!!!

A9007c998e3b924deebbe9ebb98d4db6

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Pineapple is also good baked and sprinkled with cinnamon.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on August 07, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Peaches and pears are great poached. Apples can be baked with some apple pie spices.

EDIT: I wanted to add bananas are nice when saut??ed in butter, like in the beginnings of making banana's foster.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 07, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Oooh yeah I saw some delicious pear pancetta crisps on Pinterest the other day, with a weensy bit of goat cheese and honey. I'm totally going to have to try that soon.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I had some grilled peaches for the first time the other day. They were R A D.

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D1d9b0d839144b72b5f5dae893a686d3

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:41 PM

I had some grilled bananas the other day. Grilled whole and unpeeled until they split open, then put chocolate and cinnamon in the split.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Yowza, that sounds good.

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1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

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on August 07, 2012
at 10:35 PM

Maybe a lot of people here will disagree, but efficient digestion is the result of floral diversity. By cooking every food you eat, you're limiting your exposure to bacteria that would otherwise help colonize your gut. Dr. Ayers from the coolinginflammation blog discusses this frequently, and there's a lot of research out there already on why having a diverse intestinal environment is a very, good thing. Fecal transplants anyone?

What's most important is that if you are going to expose yourself to fruits, do it frequently and don't wash them so damn much. If you're scared of pesticides (i think this is overblown anyway) stick to local, organically grown fruits from your farmer's market or something.

I think a lot of people who are so convinced they have problems digesting fruits are because well, they probably don't eat them frequently or consistently.. If you're doing the low-carb thing and eating LOADS of vegetables every day, does it really make sense that your gut would have adapted to digesting the sugars and fibers of a fruit? The composition of a fruit is quite a bit different to that of a vegetable though they do have some similarities (soluble fiber perhaps).

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on August 08, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Yeah, it works great for me. I don't eat many vegetables any more, almost entirely fruits and tubers.. guess what? My digestion after a few weeks stabilized and has been PERFECT. When I was eating vetables and doing keto, I ate vegetables almost entirely and rarely touched fruit.. Same thing happened, weeks later my digestion was stable and PERFECT. But what helped the most? Eating raw unwashed veggies or fruits, either/or, from my local farmer's market and organic gardeners..

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 08, 2012
at 12:20 AM

+1, dude. +10 if I could. That's a VERY good point about diversity and digesting fruits vs. veggies. It isn't optimal, for the average mostly-healthy person, to eat -everything- cooked or -everything- raw. I like to mix it up, too!

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3d0093dd591d9b88db74d7bba970dea0

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on August 07, 2012
at 09:21 PM

Plantains, for sure.

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Fry in coconut oil, top with cinnomon or a little bit of raw honey.. Delish

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on August 08, 2012
at 12:06 AM

From what I understand just about anything but watermelon.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 08, 2012
at 12:22 AM

Watermelon, and really all sweet melons, are NASTY cooked, I will give you that! Smells awful, too. I make watermelon jam, and it is absolutely disgusting when hot and smells godawful, but it's good if you love the watermelon flavor after it's done, set, and chilled. (I don't like it myself, but that's just a personal preference.)

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

(864)

on August 08, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Watermelon also makes for TERRIBLE beer: http://21st-amendment.com/beer/hell-or-high-watermelon

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on August 08, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Bananas/platanos. Fry it in coconut oil and add a tiny bit of salt.

Apples fried in ghee are my favorite GAPS food.

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on August 08, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Look into the SCD diet to improve digestion. The fruits that it starts with that are easy to digest when cooked are pears and apples. After that well spotted bananas with no green left on the stem.

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:14 PM

Rhubarb - bake it with strawberries; if needed, mix with a little stevia to balance the flavors. Top with a few sliced almonds for crunch.

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A9007c998e3b924deebbe9ebb98d4db6

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Anything that you could conceive of as pie filling: cherries, apples, peaches, plums, ..

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 07, 2012
at 08:59 PM

Oh yeah! I love me some Paleo "pie." Ramekin or muffin tin of berries (my fave is blackberries but your choice, a little honey isn't bad but is certainly not necessary), put in oven and cook at like 250 until nice and soft and delicious. A sprinkle of shaved coconut or almond meal on the top to give it a little "pie crust" crunch near the end and let it toast up. Top with heavy whipped cream (if you do dairy) or whipped coconut cream.

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 07, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Peaches, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, and strawberries taste great cooked.

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on August 07, 2012
at 10:55 PM

Fruit might be the one those foods that actually improve digestion when eaten uncooked, especially fruits like papaya and pineapple, which provide loads of digestive enzymes to help you digest your other food better.

Meat tenderizer is made from pineapple, just think of the load that takes off of your digestion having some homemade bar-b-que sauce made with a fresh pineapple juice base (supposedly the bromelein is degraded by heat in canned pineapple products), and serving a tropical fruit salad as an appetizer. Or make fish tacos with tropical fruit salsa.

If fiber makes you tooty, cooking apples and pears can certainly help break it down, for a smoother ride.

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