Food combining is a term that describes the approach to eating foods that require different digestive environments separately. For an efficient digestion, protein, carbohydrates, fats and acidic or alkaline foods should be eaten separately so that they do not interfere with each other’s digestive environment. Choosing such a diet, you can not only overcome inefficient digestion, you can also lose weight.
Even if they are tasty, many dishes that are common in the western diet contradict the rules of food combining diets. Steak and baked potatoes, pasta with tomato sauce, orange juice with breakfast and even the whole concept of dessert are some of the worst things you can do to your digestive system.
Food combining diet plans focus on how to choose foods that can be eaten together and digested easily. Most such diets are addressing weight gain, however there are also diets that address specific health problems.
It is believed that specific food combinations can improve one’s health as digestion can be an easier process as our bodies will work less to process these foods. Foods that our body cannot process quickly can cause a variety of problems. Digestive problems occur more frequently, but food allergies can also arise. Food combining diets can eliminate such allergies or digestive issues.
Several basic rules are common to all food combining diets. You should not combine proteins and carbs in the same meal. You should also avoid combining acidic foods with carbs. It is recommended that you should not eat more than one type of protein in the same meal. Also proteins and fats should not go together in the same meal.
Large amounts of fat can delay digestion. Protein with acidic fruits should not go together as fruits can slow down the flow of gastric juices. Sugary foods should not be combined with starches. Also eating more than one starchy food for each meal should be avoided.