Here are some popular Food Combining rules in mainstream:
- Only eat fruit on an empty stomach, especially melons.
- Don’t combine starches and proteins.
- Don’t combine starches with acidic foods.
- Don’t combine different types of protein.
- Only consume dairy products on an empty stomach, especially milk.
Read more as I reveal how effective food combining combats cravings and leaves you feeling good!
Common Food Combining Rules
Many of the original food-combining diets were developed more than 100 years ago, when much less was known about human nutrition and digestion.
The rules of food combining are largely based on the idea that the body is not equipped to digest mixed meals. The term “mixed meals” refers to meals that contain a combination of fat, carbs and protein. AKA Macros!
This is simply not the case. The human body evolved on a diet of whole foods, which almost always contain some combination of carbs, protein and fat. For example, vegetables and grains are typically considered to be carb-containing foods. But they all also contain several grams of protein per serving. Meat is considered a protein food, but even lean meat contains some fat.
Therefore — because many foods contain a combination of carbs, fat and protein naturally — your digestive tract is always prepared to digest a mixed meal.
Human Digestion (at a glance)
Our bodies are quite amazing.
When food enters your stomach, gastric acid is released. The enzymes pepsin and lipase are also released, which help start protein and fat digestion. These enzymes are released even if no protein or fat present in your food.
Point: Our body is always ready!
Next, food moves into the small intestine. There, the gastric acid from the stomach is neutralized and the intestine is flooded with enzymes that work to break down proteins, fats and carbs
Point: There’s no need to worry that your body will have to choose between digesting ‘protein’ and fat or ‘starches and proteins’.
Our body is specifically prepared for this type of multitasking!
Very COMMON question I am asked: Do I need to drink alkaline water?
Point: eating/drinking foods that are more alkaline or acidic does not significantly change the pH of your digestive tract. If you eat a very acidic or alkaline meal, your body will simply add more or less digestive juices in order to achieve the necessary pH level.
It’s all about eating BALANCED!
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