I believe that Food Combining is a basic component to good nutrition because, it is not what we eat but what we digest and assimilate that adds to our health, strength and usefulness. Proper combining allows us to digest and utilize the foods and their inherent nutrients optimally.
Physicians, druggists, and patent medicine manufacturers are kept busy supplying the demand for drugs to relieve the discomforts that grow out of bad food combinations and weird food combinations. Millions of dollars are spent yearly for alkalizers, laxatives and anti-gas remedies.
Let us examine the average meal, consumed in the average home in Oman:
Many people overstress their digestive tracts by eating a large number of foods at each meal:
It consists of bread, meat, potatoes, rice, perhaps a soup, or a dessert of gelatin, or ice cream, or canned or stewed fruit, and one or more green vegetables. There are the usual condiments and sauces, sugar and cream, catsup, mustard, salt, pepper, and milk, tea or coffee.
Of course, no digestive system was ever designed to digest such an unholy combination of foods, slops and “relishes.” The stomachs of those who eat such meals have been converted into swill barrels and garbage cans. Therefore, it is very taxing on the body, and may in part be why, in our culture, there is so much digestive disease from stomach to colon because Fermentation and putrefaction are inevitable.
If you apply Healthy Food Combining principles in your diet, Not only would you practice PROPER FOOD COMBINATIONS FOR WEIGHTLOSS AND PROPER FOOD COMBINATIONS THAT BURN FAT, you would also enjoy:
- RENEWED ENERGY
- INDIGESTION RELIEF
- IMPROVED HEALTH
The basic principles of food combining are as follows:
- Fruits are eaten by themselves or with other fruits:
Fruits digest very easily and may move through our digestive tract rapidly because they are high-water- content, simple sugar foods.
- When eaten with other foods, they tend to remain and ferment in the stomach acid
- The only exception is that citrus fruit and nuts seem to be handled well together
- We should eat only fruits from the same class at any meal.
- Subclasses of fruits include:
Example: acid-fruit sugars, must be digested within an hour, and sweet fruit sugars such as cherries, dates, figs, raisins, and grapes require up to three hours to be properly digested. If eaten together, The sugars from the acid-fruits would be held up, waiting up to three hours or more to be digested, and would ferment, because they were not properly digested within their allotted time frame of one hour
- The very watery and sweet melons seem to be digested best when eaten alone.
Example: Watermelon, cantaloupe, and other melons, should always be eaten alone. I know of no physiological reason for this rule. We do know that these foods decompose very quickly in the stomach and are almost sure to cause trouble if eaten with other foods. If eaten alone—a meal made of them—so that they are quickly passed out of the stomach, they form excellent and delightful foods.
People, who complain that melons “do not agree” with them, will find that, if eaten alone, but not between meals, they can enjoy them without an aftermath of discomfort.
- Proteins and starches are not eaten together:
Basic protein such as:
- Milk products
Require maximum stomach acid levels for best digestion because of their high fat content
Starches, or complex carbohydrates:
- Whole grains
Are digested best in a more alkaline stomach
- When proteins and starches are combined, their stimulation to the digestive juices generates a conflictual response and a medium that digests neither food very wel This may lead to:
- ABDOMINAL DISCOMFORT
- POOR UTILIZATION OF NUTRIENTS
BEANS HAVE A GOOD LEVEL OF BOTH PROTEIN (25%) AND STARCH (50%). Beans are a “bread and meat” combination. Each of their two principle constituents requires entirely different processes for digestion. The starch of the bean lies in the stomach, while its protein is being digested
–à Many people have difficulty digesting them. They are notorious for causing intestinal gas and toxins.
Exemption: Green Beans, which contain little starch.
- Candy, sugar, etc., greatly inhibit the secretion of the gastric juice and markedly delay digestion. Consumed in a large amount at a time, candy is very depressing to stomach activity.
Whatever may be true with reference to the effects of the starch-protein combination upon the digestion of protein, it is certain that this combination is disastrous to starch digestion.
- Combine Protein and Vegetables or Starch and Vegetables:
Meals that concentrate on vegetables with either a protein or starch complement perfectly.
These meals allow the body to best digest the foods and utilize their nutrients.
- Never consume two concentrated proteins at the same meal:
Do not eat nuts and meat, or eggs and meat, or cheese and nuts, or cheese and eggs, etc., at one meal. Do not use meat and milk, or eggs and milk, or nuts and milk at the same meal.
Two proteins of different characters and different compositions, which call for different types of digestive juices, each of different strength and character, and being poured into the stomach at different times, should not be consumed at the same meal. One protein at a meal should be the rule.
- Milk is best taken alone:
Milk acts as a gastric insulator.
Its cream inhibits the outpouring of gastric juice for some time after the meal is eaten.
Milk does not digest in the stomach, but in the duodenum, hence, in the presence of milk the stomach does not respond with its secretion. This prevents the digestion of other foods introduced along with the milk.
- Eat but one concentrated starch food at a meal.
The rule to consume only one starch food at a meal is probably more important as a means to avoid the over-consumption of various starches, than as a means of avoiding bad combinations. While the overeating of starches may lead to fermentation, there is no certainty that the combination of two starches will do so.
Food combining is especially important for any of us who have sensitive digestive tracts or intestinal problems.
I believe, it is also a preventive to wearing out our digestive organs too early.
Many people consider food combining an extreme that is too difficult to carry out.
However, IF WE DO NOT TRY IT OUT TO SEE HOW WE FEEL, WE WILL NEVER KNOW.
“Staying Healthy with Nutrition” by Elson M. Haas, M.D.