Food combining ensures optimum digestion and maximum absorption of nutrients, plus avoids the detrimental effects of undigested and fermented foods that can lead to toxins and cellulite. It will also avoid symptoms of digestive stress such as heartburn, gas, constipation, bloating, cramps and more. Effectively combining your food can also be a way to naturally manage weight.
Different foods digest at different rates and use different enzymes. Some foods digest in an acidic environment, others in an alkaline environment. When you eat several foods that digest at different rates, call for different enzymes or require different pH levels, your digestion gets overloaded and strained, and even worse, foods can actually rot or ferment in your body. This can then turn into toxins, which may get stored. Furthermore, when your body can’t digest food properly, it misses out on absorbing the nutrients in the food.
All food combining guidelines take into account the speed at which food digests. Fruit digests the quickest, then greens, then non-starchy vegetables, then starches and finally, digesting the slowest is protein. Eating foods in the correct order (according to their transit times) ensures a traffic jam-free (and toxin-free) digestive tract.
When you get the combining right, your body gets the optimum amount of nutrients in the food. This gives you more energy, health and vitality and a happy digestive tract and body equilibrium.
A detailed list of combos is further below, but as a general rule of thumb:
- Protein and carbohydrate foods should never be eaten in the same meal. Their digestive requirements are in-congruent, with proteins needing a highly acidic environment created in the stomach and carbohydrates requiring a slightly alkaline environment as found in the mouth and small intestine. Consuming these together tampers with the digestion of both.
- Vegetables can be consumed with both proteins and carbohydrates respectively, unless they are of the starchy kind, like potatoes, pumpkin or other squashes which should be avoided with proteins.
- Fruits should be consumed on their own as they use completely different enzymes from all the other groups.
Do you ever feel heavy and tired when you’re eating all raw food? Do you know someone who is going through this experience? I mean, isn’t the raw food diet supposed to make you look and feel better? Where is the glowing skin, svelte body and endless amounts of energy, right?
Here’s a more detailed list of food combining basics:
- Starches + Veggies = YES
- Proteins + Veggies = YES
- Proteins + Starches = NO
- Plant Proteins + Plant Proteins = YES
- Animal Proteins + Animal Proteins = NO
- Starches + Starches = YES
- Fats + Proteins (animal or plant) = Not so great (pair moderately if at all)
- Fats + Carbohydrates = YES
- Fats + Starches = YES
- Fruits are best eaten alone on an empty stomach
- Fruit + Raw greens = OK (except melons, don’t combine melons)
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