Does eating citrus fruits cause nasal congestion and common colds.

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A lot of people complain that eating oranges or eating any citrus fruits
causes nasal congestion, running nose or cough.

Many people are not sure if eating these fruits cause this problem
or the method in which they consume these fruits cause this problem.

They also wrongly believe that these problems will happen for others too and advise others not to eat citrus fruits during the winter season.

Let us find out the three real reasons…

The first reason:

In reality, there are some ingredients in these citric fruits that can increase allergy causing histamines in the body.

A lot of people regularly drink  less water  and  when they start eating citrus fruits , the histamines increase, and the congestion, runny nose show up as allergies.

These people think that eating citrus fruits causes nasal congestion, runny nose and cough.

The remedy for this is to drink 4-5 liters of water daily. We will describe the right method to drink water in future posts.

People with cold and allergies should not drink cold water or hot water. They should drink warm water.

The second reason for the cause of nasal and throat problems from drinking juices is :

The juices we buy from the supermarket refrigerator section or from the Juice shops(Jamba Juice anyone!) are very tasty for a reason.

To make the juices sweeter and… to enhance the flavor and… to entice you to buy the juices again

they add lots of other stuff including loads of sugarrrr!.

Sugar will subdue the soreness in these fruit juices.

Harvard University did a study on the number of teaspoons of sugar found in various 12 ounce drinks. Here is a sampling from that study…
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Coke and Pepsi – 10 tsp
Odwalla “Serious Focus Apple Raspberry” – 14 tsp
Welch’s 100% Grape Juice -15 tsp
Naked  Juice 100% Juice Pomegranate Blueberry – 13tsp
Jamba Juice – Mango Peach Topper – 15 tsp


Many people .. when they make juice at home.. to reduce the soreness and make it tasty, they too add sugar to the juice. These people are unaware of the bad effects of  sugar, so they add it.

Sugar has the ability to enhance the histamines, thereby causing mucus and common cold in our body.

Because of this ignorance, people blame the citrus fruits for the nasal and throat problems.
We should not add sugar to the juices.

I know , I know, you are saying that drinking sour juice is impossible…

Fortunately, there are a couple of alternatives for sugar.

I actually add honey in my citrus juice, but if for some reason, you don’t want to add honey
you can use dates powder( I found it in Whole foods), or you can soak dates in water, grind it like a paste and add this to the juice.

Honey has no qualities to cause allergy.

Adding these alternatives like honey or dates paste, instead of sugar to your juices, keeps you away from nasal and throat problems.

The third reason is

Since we live in cities, we buy fruits once a week on the weekends and store them in refrigerators.

To keep the fruits from going bad, we store them in the fridge as soon as we get them from the store.

When we want to make juice, we take them from the fridge and juice them.

Since the temperature is very low and very cold, this will affect our health.

The chilling effect produces excess mucus, nasal  congestion and breathlessness.


We are unaware how bad excess ice is to our body.  We just feel like drinking with lots of ice and we love it.

When we get common cold problems , we blame the citrus fruits and not the ice. we think Ice is solidified water .
It is not water but the chillness which causes these problems.

Thus, it is better if citrus fruits are stored at room temperature and when you are ready to juice it, juice the room-temperature fruits.

When juice is consumed at room temperature without adding sugars or ice, it will never cause allergies.

Adding Salt:

Some people add a tiny-winy bit saltttt! to juices like lemonades.  A big No No!.

This salt will rapidly enhance histamines, increase mucus discharge and produce allergies.

So, getting allergies is because of these three reasons.

If you drink fresh citrus juices with honey or fresh dates paste it would keep you safe from allergies.
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Citric juices are a –daily– essential requirement to our body.

Citric fruits like oranges, Clementine, grapefruits etc are rich in anti-oxidants that keep our body from all anti bodies and increase resistance against illnesses.

Some people add citrus juices to foods and cook them. Actually , Vitamin C in these fruits is lost if cooked.

It is better to eat at least one citrus fruit like orange, Clementine etc a day to increase our resistance power during the cold winter months.

Also, We should eat the right fruits for the right season.

If you notice the citric fruits are widely available in the winter season and gets scarcer as the summer approaches.
Cuties or clementines are not there in Costco!! after winter.

The nature of citrus fruits is to eradicate the phlegm formed and cleanse the mucus produced during the winter season.

Citric fruits are rich in vitamin C which also helps to improve resistance against infections too.

It is good to eat citrus fruits especially during the winter season.


Any food if it is taken in the right way won’t cause any bad result.

It is a fallacy to think that citric fruits will cause common cold related problems like nasal congestion and coughs.

Now, you know the truth. I hope you enjoy your oranges and clementines.

Will eating bananas make you obese

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If you are overweight and if you eat bananas will you gain more weight?
if you are skinny and if you eat bananas will you gain weight ?

Let us see..

Many people believe that fat will be created in their body when they eat fat containing foods like meat, greasy oily food, eggs etc and fat will not be created if they eat fat-less foods like fruits.

Actually the truth is, when we eat any food, it is finally converted to fat by our bodies.
Eat a chicken piece, it will be converted to fat.
Eat an Orange, it will be converted to fat.
Eat a stone ( wait, you can’t eat a stone)

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Bulls do not eat oily fatty food , they mostly eat grass and yet they get fat.
Rhinos too eat plant based food, and they get fat too.

One reason is they eat a lot and rest most of the time.

The truth about our body is …
Too much intake than what is necessary by the body will be stored as fat.

So, at what time you eat the banana makes a lot of difference to gaining or not gaining weight.

Typically, many of us eat bananas after lunch or dinner.

You would have eaten a heavy lunch or dinner already and then you eat one or two bananas.

This is considered excess food by your body.
So it is converted into fat and stored. This happens with any excess food you take and not just banana.

So, if you consume bananas at the right time with the right quantity, it will not cause overweight.
In fact, it will help you lose weight or maintain the ideal weight. How is this possible.

Actually, when you don’t have anything for breakfast in your house like cereal, bread or anything
You can just eat 3 or 4 bananas. This will fill you up and you will not feel lethargic.

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Even if you are overweight, you can eat 4 bananas.
Eating 3 to 4 bananas is way much better than eating a cup of highly sweetened, high fructose corn syrupy cereal.

One banana generally has about 100 calories. One serving of the cereal along with the milk will be close to 300 calories and according to a consumer reports study generally everyone eats at-least 2 servings.

These 3 to 4 bananas can supply the same amount of calories as the cereal and provide the same amount of energy to our body.

Overweight people too can eat 4 bananas and will not put on weight.

By the way, Don’t think you can eat bananas after you eat your bowl of cereal. Nooooo. Your breakfast is just bananas. No sugary syrapy Cereal.

If you are skinny and want to add weight(lucky you), you can eat bananas after a heavy meal.

If you want to lose weight, you can just eat 4 to 5 bananas for dinner around 5:30 or 6:00pm.

The 400-500 calories will be spent before bedtime and when you sleep, the body extracts calories from the stored fat. This will help you lose weight. if you get hungry , you can drink honey-lemon water.

Take a glass of water and mix 4-5 spoons of honey and squeeze half of a fresh lemon.
We will talk about how amazing honey is in the coming weeks.

Most of us don’t eat bananas regularly , we eat them occasionally. Once we eat them and if we notice any weight gain, we blame the bananas as that is the new food we are eating extra.

You assume that the old food we were eating does not cause weight gain.

The real problem was you ate 100-200 calories more from the one or two bananas along with your food and this excess was stacked away as fat by your body.

so gaining weight or not gaining weight depends on WHEN you eat the bananas.

Happy Banana-ing!.