FRUIT: IS IT BEFORE OR AFTER?
Doctors advise that, prior to eating, man should start with the soft and easily digestible food in order to prepare the oral glands secreting the peptic juice (saliva amylase) or the glands in stomach and duodenal to start functioning gradually in digesting food. Minutes later, man can start eating the main dish.
A slice of fruit or dates are cases in point of soft food.
The Quranic statement mentions fruit in advance of meat, in a remarkable reference to the previous meaning when addressing the state of believers in paradise:
“and such fruits as they shall choose, and such flesh of fowl (chicken) as they desire…”
(Surat Al Waqueaa', verse 21)
وَفَاكِهَةٍ مِّمَّا يَتَخَيَّرُونَ(20) وَلَحْمِ طَيْرٍ مِّمَّا يَشْتَهُونَ(21) – الواقعة .