Avoid these incompatible pairings while savouring oranges

Oranges shouldn't be combined with milk, tomatoes, bananas, and the like as it can cause uneasiness in your stomach. Photo: iStock/cherriesJD

Oranges, with their vibrant hue and invigorating citrus flavor, are liked by most. The fall of the winter is also the harvest season of nature’s delightful gift. Now is the time when they can be bought in plenty at cheap prices.  Bursting with vitamin C and a refreshing zest, these fruits high in citric acid have long been cherished for their health benefits, may it be for immunity building or aiding in digestion. However, one must exercise caution when selecting companions for this citrus gem, lest it may result in indigestion and other gastrointestinal disorders. Here are some pairing tips, especially what not to have with oranges: 
- Avoid having milk or milk products with oranges. Your stomach may get upset with this combination as the acidity in oranges curdles the milk. The citric acid in oranges and the protein in milk react against each other, causing uneasiness in your stomach.

- Tomatoes and oranges have almost the same levels of Vitamin C and other nutrients. So, having two types of acidic fruits simultaneously may upset your stomach.
- Combining bananas with oranges is not generally recommended due to potential digestive issues that may arise from the different digestion rates of these fruits. Consuming them together results in bloating and flatulence, causing discomfort for some individuals.

- Like milk, avoid having refined grains with oranges as the combination slows down digestion.
- Avoid pairing oranges with dishes laden with strong spices and masala. It will aggravate conditions like peptic ulcers and lead to stomach pain.
- Try not to make it a habit to consume fried items and high-calorie foods. They may slow down the digestion process and also cause uneasiness in the stomach.

- Having an orange before or after having a cup of coffee is also not advisable. Both foods are acidic, you may suffer from mild stomach discomfort which leads to conditions like bloating.
By avoiding the incompatible pairings, we can unlock the full potential of these sin-soaked fruits.

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