Food Combining and
you feel bad, are not losing weight, feel tired and worn out, have
indigestion—even though you have been eating organic foods—then consider this.
which are great for you, must be combined correctly to receive the full
The food we eat, how we eat it, when we
eat it, how we combine it, etc., might seem like a complicated subject,
but with a bit of practice, it becomes easy. Proper food combining is
and it must be done properly for better digestion, absorption, and
Foods in our digestive system should
be able to agree rather than conflict. It’s not a matter of just WHAT we
eat, but what we eat with what.
eating foods which are not the correct combination could impede the
complete digestion of other foods.
example is combining
fruit with other foods. Fruit should be eaten
alone—not with protein or other foods. The following is from Angie Reginato, RHN, Natural Nutritionist and Health Consultant:
“Fruit has a different digestive process. It is NOT digested in the
stomach, but in the intestinal tract. If there is food in the stomach
already, the fruit will sit on top and cause fermentation and
putrefaction of proteins (fruit contains sugar and our body is warm).
This compromises the digestive process and facilitates toxins which can
be absorbed through the intestinal walls along with nutrients. The body
will then have to deal with these toxins over-exerting the liver and
lymphatic system. Over time, if these toxins accumulate, it can lead to
diseases such as arthritis, allergies, and auto-immune
(auto-intoxication) as well as affect the immune system. Eating fruit as
a snack is the best way to consume it. Try eating fruit mid-morning or
mid-afternoon, two hours after your last meal and a minimum of half an
hour before you eat again. Also, avoid eating jam on toast if you are
eating protein, as the digestive processes of protein and fruit, in
particular, produce a large amount of toxins.”
Principles of Combining Foods Properly
By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Shelton's Hygienic Review
There are sound physiological reasons for eating foods in compatible
combinations. In other words, some foods, if mixed in the digestive
system, will cause distress! The principles of food combining are
dictated by digestive chemistry. Different foods are digested
differently. Starchy foods require an alkaline digestive medium which is
supplied initially in the mouth by the enzyme ptyalin. Protein foods
require an acid medium for digestion—hydrochloric acid.
As any student of chemistry will assure you, acids and bases (alkalis)
neutralize each other. If you eat a starch with a protein, digestion is
impaired or completely arrested! The undigested food mass can cause
various kinds of digestive disorders. Undigested food becomes soil for
bacteria which ferment and decompose it. Its byproducts are poisonous,
one of which, alcohol, is a narcotic that destroys or inhibits nerve
function. It plays havoc with nerves of the digestive tract, suspending
their vital action such that constipation may well be a result! As set
forth in Dr. Herbert Shelton's FOOD COMBINING MADE EASY these are the
salient rules for proper food combining.
The Basic Rules of Proper Food Combining:
1. Eat acids and starches at separate meals. Acids neutralize the
alkaline medium required for starch digestion and the result is
fermentation and indigestion.
2. Eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at separate meals.
Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion.
3. Eat but one kind of protein food at a meal.
4. Eat proteins and acid foods at separate meals. The acids of acid
foods inhibit the secretion of the digestive acids required for
protein digestion. Undigested protein putrefies in bacterial
decomposition and produces some potent poisons.
5. Eat fats and proteins at separate meals. Some foods, especially
nuts, are over 50% fat and require hours for digestion.
6. Eat sugars (fruits) and proteins at separate meals.
7. Eat sugars (fruits) and starchy foods at separate meals. Fruits
undergo no digestion in the stomach and are held up if eaten with
foods that require digestion in the stomach.
8. Eat melons alone. They combine with almost no other food.
9. Desert the desserts. Eaten on top of meals they lie heavy on the
stomach, requiring no digestion there, and ferment. Bacteria turn
them into alcohols and vinegars and acetic acids.
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June 13, 2005