Food Combining Diet
Food Combining enthusiasts believe the human stomach
can only correctly digest one type of food at a time, as different
enzymes are needed to digest different food types.
The Food Combining Diet is based on research that
proves that food is only digested well when eaten in certain
Our digestive systems will produce an acidic
environment to deal with certain food groups, and an alkaline
environment to digest others.
For example, starches, such as pasta or potatoes are
absorbed best when the PH of the digestive tract is alkaline. This
occurs when starches are eaten alone or with vegetables.
The digestion of proteins, however, requires stomach
acid. When proteins and starches are combined, the digestive
environment is neither acid or alkaline enough for either group to
be absorbed well, which can lead to digestion problems and weight
I regret to tell you that this rather tasty-looking
combination of starch, protein, fats and carbohydrates is definately
NOT permitted on the food combining diet
It is a basic fact in
chemistry that alkalines and acids are opposites, they will
neutralize each other.
It is a fact in physiology that all starchy foods
digest in an alkaline medium and the starch breaking enzyme we
produce in our mouths will be destroyed by acid, even a mild acid.
If acids are eaten together with starches, digestion
of both foods is not possible. If breads,cereals or potatoes are
eaten with berries or citrus fruits, or any other acid-bearing
foods, the digestion of these starches will be delayed.
Rules of the Food Combining Diet
1. Carbohydrate foods and acidic foods
should not be eaten at the same meal. Do not eat bread, rice or
potatoes with lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, pineapples,
tomatoes or any other sour fruit.
2. Do not eat a concentrated protein and a
concentrated carbohydrate at the same meal. This means do not eat
nuts, meat, eggs, cheese, or other protein food at the same meal
with bread, cereals, potatoes, sweet fruits or cakes.
3. Do not eat two concentrated proteins at the same
meal. Avoid nuts and meat, or eggs and meat, cheese and nuts, cheese
and eggs, meat and milk, or eggs and milk or nuts at milk at the
4. Do not eat fats with proteins. This means do not
use cream, butter, or oil with meat, eggs, cheese, or nuts.
5. Do not eat acidic fruits with proteins. Oranges,
tomatoes, lemons, pineapples, should not be eaten with meat, eggs,
cheese or nuts.
6. Do not eat starch and sugars together. Jellies,
jams, fruit, butter, sugar, honey, syrups, molasses should not be
used on bread, cake, or at the same meal with cereals, potatoes, or
sugar with cereal, which will produce fermentation.
7. Eat only one concentrated starch food per meal. For
example do not eat a bowl of pasta with a chunk of bread.
8. Do not consume melons with any other foods.
Watermelon, muskmelon, honeydew melon, or cantaloupe should always
be eaten alone. This is probabbly due to the ease and speed in which
9. Milk is best taken alone or better still, left
alone. Milk is the natural food of weaning mammels, however each
species produces milk precisely adapted to the needs of it's own
offspring. Cows milk is designed for a calf which in one year will
weigh the equivalent of twenty human beings. Say no more.
Food Combining Table
The simple chart pictured above explains the basic rules
of a food combining diet.
High Starch Foods
Rice, Corn, Potatoes, Turnip, Squash, Parsnip, Beet, Carrots,
Non Starch Foods
Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives,
Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Leafy Greens, Onions, Peppers,
Parsley, Radishes, Zucchini, Watercress, Green Beans, Artichokes,
Sea Vegetables, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Okra, Swiss Chard
High Protein Foods
Fish, Poultry, Wild Game, Meat, Seafood, Seeds, Nuts, Dairy
Apple, Apricot, Banana,
Berries, Cherry, Date, Lemon, Grapefruit, Melons, Mango, Nectarine,
Pineapple, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Plum, Tomatoes, Fig, Oranges.
My Opinion on the Food Combining Diet
The science behind the food combining diet
is sound. Different foods are digested differently. Starchy foods
require an alkaline digestive medium and protein foods require an
acid medium for digestion. If we mix these food types we cause our
digestive systems distress.
The diet has many fans, although critics complain it
can become boring to eat this way. My advice?
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