Don't carry cut fruits or fruit juices in your lunch bag!

Don't carry cut fruits or fruit juices in your lunch bag!

Dr Neha Sanwalka explains why this is bad for you.

Written by Kriti Saraswat |Updated : September 10, 2015 10:39 AM IST

If you pack in a box of cut fruits or a bottle of fruit juice thinking you are getting a healthy dose of energy and nutrients from it, you might not be doing the healthiest thing. Nutritionist Dr Neha Sanwalkatells us why this isn t a good practice.

Why is storing cut fruits bad?

Fruits are rich sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C gets degraded, i.e. it gets destroyed on exposure to light reducing the nutrient content and benefits of the fruit. Hence, cut fruits should be consumed immediately. Read how to cut fruits the right way.

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Is storing fruit juices also unhealthy?

The same rule applies to fruit juices as well. They should be consumed as soon as one blends them or within the first 10 minutes.

If required, how should they be stored?

If needed, cut fruits should be stored in airtight containers, in a cool place with minimal light like in the refrigerator. It is best to avoid storing fruit juice but if at all they need to be stored, it should be in airtight, plastic bottles in the fridge. Should you drink water after eating fruits? Click to know.

Are there any exceptions?

Some fruits like watermelon, papaya, muskmelon and grapefruit can be cut and stored. But they should be stored in the fridge to keep it fresh.

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