Yes, there are a few basic rules of food combining. If you think about it, eating the proper foods together makes a lot of sense. Protein and starches are digested differently in the body so you wouldn’t want to eat them together because proteins produce acid and starches produce alkaline in the stomach, counteracting each other causing your food to rot in your stomach producing gas.
The following are the basic rules of food pairing or combining you should follow to have a smooth digestive system – jughandle
This comes from an article found at http://www.trustedhands.com/content/fcbeg.pdf
- Do not eat proteins and starches together. That’s right – no more meat sandwiches. Your body requires an acid base to digest proteins and an alkaline base to digest starches. Proteins and starches combine well with green, leafy vegetables and non-starchy vegetables, but they do not combine well with each other.
- Generally fruits should be eaten alone or with other fruits. If fruits seem too sweet, then eat a handful of nuts (80% fruit, 20% nuts). Fruits digest so quickly that by the time they reach your stomach, they are already partially digested. If they are combined with other foods, they will rot and ferment.
- Melons digest faster than any other food. Therefore, you should never eat melons with any other food including other fruits. Always eat melons on their own.
- Do not mix acid and/or sub-acid fruits with sweet fruits at the same meal. Acid fruits, such as grapefruits, pineapple, and strawberries, can be mixed with sub-acid fruits, such as apples, grapes, and peaches, but neither of these categories can be mixed with sweet fruits, such as bananas, dates, or raisins.
- Eat only four to six different fruits or vegetables at one meal.
- Fats and oils combine with everything (except fruits) but should be used in limited amounts because while they won’t inhibit digestion, they will slow it down.
- Wait the following lengths of time between meals that don’t combine:
a. Two hours after eating fruit.
b. Three hours after eating starches.
c. Four hours after eating proteins.
How to Fix it if you Screw Up
· If you eat PROTEIN and STARCH during the same meal, eat some legumes.
· If you eat NUTS, eat an acid fruit with them.
· If you still eat DAIRY, make sure to eat an acid fruit.
· If you overloaded on PASTA, eat an apple the next morning.
· If you’ve eaten too much PROTEIN, eat papaya the next morning.
· If you’ve, eaten too much SUGAR, eat grapes the next morning.
· If you’ve eaten too much SALT, eat watermelon the next morning.
Eat Proteins like nuts, seeds, soybeans, lentils, meats, fish, milk and eggs and cheese with vegetables such as green beans, cucumber, sprouts, artichokes, mushrooms, lettuce asparagus, beets, turnips, spinach, onions and others but avoid eating Proteins with Starchy carbohydrates like carrots, parsnips, corn, brown rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and others. Vegetables go well with both proteins and carbohydrate starches, but avoid eating proteins and starchy carbs at the same meal.
Different foods take different lengths of time to digest in the body. It only makes sense to keep your meal simple, limiting the number of different foods eating at one sitting to no more than 4 or 5.