Top 10 To Effective Food Combining
are important for proper digestion, utilization, and assimilation of the
nutrients in our diet. The principles of food combining are dictated by
Protein foods require a
highly acidic environment for digestion while
carbohydrates (starches, fruit and
fats require a more alkaline medium. Anytime 2 or more foods are
eaten at the same time, and those foods require opposite conditions for
digestion, the digestive process is compromised.
The most important rule,
is this: Don't mix starch foods with protein foods at the same meal.
Here are the
principles of food combining one needs to adhere to:
Eat starches and
acids at separate meals :
Acids neutralize the alkaline medium required for
digestion and the result is indigestion and fermentation.
foods and protein foods at separate meals :
Protein foods require an acid
medium for digestion.
Eat only one kind of protein food at a meal :
Although every food contains some protein, those
regarded as protein concentrated foods demands the longest digestive time. They
are held in stomach for some hours until the gastric juices has performed its
task. This may vary from 2 hrs to 6 hrs, depending upon the complexity of the
protein in the food. If the protein food is mixed with starch-concentrated or
sugar-concentrated foods, it usually results in fermentation. This may lead to
indigestion & gas in stomach.
Eat proteins and
acid foods at separate meals :
The acids of acid foods inhibit the secretion of the digestive acids
required for protein digestion. Undigested proteins putrefy in
bacterial decomposition and produces some potent poisons.
Eat proteins and fats at separate meals :
Some foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and
require hours for digestion. Fat in foods inhibits the secretion of gastric
juices through the small wall. Thus when
fat-concentrated foods are taken with
protein foods, gastric catabolism will decrease by the degree of lipid
concentration in the stomach. Fat will remain undigested in the stomach until
gastric juices complete their work on the complex protein molecules.
Although all primary
protein foods contain high concentration of fat, such lipid will be held in
suspension, awaiting catabolism in the intestine, without impeding gastric
Free fats like oil, butter & milk tends to coat the gastric mucosa,
thereby inhibiting its effort to secrete gastric juice.
Fat surrounding the
fried foods is also regarded as free fat & it interferes with gastric
Eat proteins and
sugars (fruits) at separate meals :
all food are either acid or alkaline producers. Food comparatively rich in
acid forming foods are generally
high protein animal products. Whereas, fruits
& vegetables are composed of alkaline forming elements. Consumption of
proteins with fruits can interrupt the digestive processes of either or both
types of food sugar and proteins consumed together can prove a dangerous
Eat starchy foods
and sugars (fruits) at separate meals :
Fruits undergo no digestion in the
stomach and are held up if eaten with foods which
require digestion in the stomach. Any quick digesting foods - such as
fruit - must wait until the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach
before they can leave - a process which can take up to 6 or 8 hours.
The starch splitting enzyme Ptyalin in the saliva plays an important
role as the food is chewed.
It converts complex starch molecules
into simpler sugars. Ptyalin requires neutral or slightly
alkaline medium for proper functioning & this is the normal condition
of the saliva in the mouth. However when acid foods are taken,
the action of ptyalin is halted. It is therefore necessary, to
avoid acid fruits in the same meal as sweet fruits or starches.
Thus tomatoes should not be eaten with starches especially potato or
Eat melons alone :
Melons combine with almost no other food.
Forget the desserts :
Eaten on top of meals they lie heavy on the stomach, requiring no
digestion there, and ferment. Bacteria turn them into alcohols, acetic
acids and vinegars.
Smaller the number
of courses, the better it will be :
consisting of proteins, carbohydrates & fats may remain in the stomach for
6-7hrs before the stomach is emptied. If the carbohydrates are eaten
without proteins, they remain in the stomach for relatively short period.
A fruit meal remains in the stomach for even shorter time. It is
advisable to eat these different foods at different meals- a fruit meal, a
starch meal & a protein meal. The ideal practice is a fruit meal for
breakfast, a starch meal with salad & non starchy vegetables for lunch & a
protein meal with a salad & non starchy vegetables for dinner.
Nuts, seeds, soyabeans, cheese, eggs, meat, fish, yogurt.
Oils, olive, butter,
Whole cereals, peas,
vegetables, sprouted seeds, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, green peas, celery, tomatoes, onions.
Bananas, figs, custard
apples, all dried fruits, dates.
Grapes, pear, apples,
peaches, apricots, plums, guavas, raspberries.
oranges, limes, pineapple, strawberries.
In a nutshell, starches,
fats, green vegetables & sugars may be eaten together as they require either an
alkaline or neutral medium for their digestion. Similarly, proteins, green
vegetables & acid fruits may be taken together as they require an acid or
neutral medium for their digestion. But starches & proteins, fats & proteins &
starches & acid fruits should not be eaten together, if the best results are
required from the ingestion of the food eaten.