Eating these two foods together could be making you sick. Have you ever heard of the science of food combining? Most people have not and if they are aware of it, they ignore the recommendations despite all the science to support its importance. Two of the most commonly eaten foods in the American Diet eaten together can be a leading cause of tummy troubles. Gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea as well as many other stomach issues can frequently be eliminated by properly combining your food.
Your body needs to go through digestion, absorption, assimilation and elimination properly or you will feel the ill effects that could lead to further complications down the road. Sometimes we create our own problems.
Different foods have different transit times through the digestive tract. They also have different locations and needs for proper digestion. When certain foods are eaten together, you system is forced to start the digestion process on one, while the other sits and waits and basically could begin to rot in your gut. This creates an environment perfect for yeast overgrowth and other conditions that lead to many different GI symptoms. So let’s look at a few very simple rules to combine food properly. Anyone suffering from GI distress should start paying attention to these rules and see if you don’t start to feel better.
1 – Fruit passes very quickly through the digestive tract and should therefore be eaten early and alone. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating fruit to eat anything else. If you eat fruit together with other food, the digestive tract starts working hard to process the proteins or starches while the fruit sits in your gut and rots, causing excess gas and bloating. Eat fruit alone.
2 – Never eat proteins/fats and starchy carbs together. These two food groups basically compete with each other during digestion. This makes it difficult for either to be digested, which leaves them to sit in the gut causing GI distress of one kind or another. Also, (and maybe even more important if you are trying to lose weight) is the fact that proteins are the hardest to digest and take the longest to pass through the digestive tract. So while you body is working on digesting protein, it will convert any starches to glucose and store them as fat. Never a good thing!
3 – Veggies are free foods. They combine well with anything. So while you can’t eat starches and proteins together, you can combine either with lots of vegetables. This is a good thing!
These few rules are really very basic and easy to follow. However it does eliminate many of the American diet staples that have proven over the years to contribute to obesity and many other lifestyle related diseases. So here are a few of the things that just won’t work: hamburgers and hot dogs on a bun, Pizza (protein/fat and carbs), sandwiches, steak and potatoes, eggs and toast and the list continues. However the good news is that you can still eat all of these things, just eat them separately or in different combinations! Give it a try and see if you don’t feel better and maybe even lose a little weight!