• Part II

Yesterday we presented to you the first part of the theme truths and lies about food combining.

Today we start with the basic good food combinations, which are:

Proteins and fats

This is a natural combination of nutrients, as various foods that contain protein also have fats. Proteins and fats are compatible and are found in many products, as the amount of proteins usually is predominant, and fats are less. The good thing in this combination is that fats slow down the stomach functions, thus more time is left for the better digestion and absorption of proteins.

The nutritional regimens which give advice to consume only meat (in one meal) are an example of such combination, in which proteins and fats are consumed within a single food.

Starch and fat

Examples of such combinations are bread with butter, steamed potatoes, steamed rice, chips, etc.

Fats and acids

The acids have beneficial effect on fats, which with their mediation are broken down faster. For example, small amounts of lemon juice or vinegar (acids) help for the easier processing of foods with marked fat content. It is necessary to be careful and not to go too far with the use of large amounts of acids. Examples of such combinations are more fatty fish with lemon juice, nuts or cheese with sour fruit, cheese with tomato and others.

Sugars and acids

Such a combination can be seen in the simultaneous consumption of sweet and sour fruits, for example. Also, yoghurt with honey, yoghurt with a sweet fruit, sweet and sour sauce, etc. are examples of such combination.

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Combination of different types of starch

It is believed that the simultaneous intake of different types of food which contain different type of starch does not burden the digestive system and that such combination is good. Examples of similar combinations are the bread of mixed flour (which has different types of cereals), buns, different types of pasta and spaghetti, potato croquettes (potatoes and bread-crumbs) and others.

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The bad combinations are:

Proteins and starch

This is a combination that perhaps is the most common in the diet of large number of people. That’s why some of them are skeptical of the separate nutrition most often because they don’t want to change their habits. Bread with cheese, meat with potatoes, chicken with rice, meatballs with French fries etc. are among the most common examples of such combination.

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A feeling of heaviness in the stomach after a heavy meal may be due to abuse with too much food, but also may be due to poor combination of foods high in protein and starch. Such a combination violates the acid balance and hampers digestion.

Starch and sugars

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Examples of this are bread with jam, bread with honey, bread with chocolate, different types of pastries, cakes, donuts, waffles, etc. Sugars are broken down quickly in the digestive system, but starch is not. On the contrary, the process is slow. Part of the sugars may be stuck in the middle of the stomach and may start to ferment in the simultaneous administration of both substances. These fermenting sugars, mixed with residues from undigested starch enter into the intestine after that, where the process of fermentation continues. This causes swelling of the intestines.

Starch and acids

In this combination precursory digestion of the starch from the saliva in the mouth is not carried out and this may lead to digestive problems. Examples of such combinations are bread with tomatoes, rice with marinated vegetables, potatoes and pickles, etc.

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Some drinks also contribute to poor digestion of foods, containing starch because they are acidic. For example – coke, wine, light beer, fruit juice, coffee.

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Proteins and acids

In this combination the break-down of proteins is impaired and the process remains incomplete. The protein residues may be retained in the stomach for too long and begin to decompose which may lead to unpleasant taste in the mouth. The incomplete digestion hinders the further break-down of proteins in the duodenum, so that the protein residues continue to decompose in the intestines. This is valid for combination of proteins with products with high acid content.

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Examples of combination of proteins and acids are meat with sauerkraut, rice with sauce, chicken with pineapple, sausage with sauerkraut, marinated herring, fish and onions marinated in vinegar.

Fats and sugars

This combination is unfavorable for digestion as well. The products that contain fats do not contain sugars and vice versa – the products containing sugars do not contain fats. As if nature itself suggests that the combination between these two substances is not good. Examples of such combinations are nuts with sweet fruit, cheese with jam, chocolate, marzipan.

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Proteins and sugars

Generally, this is a rare combination as examples of it are meat with sweet fruit, fish with fruits, sweet dessert after protein meal.

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Combining different types of proteins

Here the type of the proteins is important (animal or vegetable) and their concentration. Examples of such combinations are bacon and eggs, cheese with nuts, egg with milk, meat with cheese.

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Combining different types of fat

And here it is important to distinguish between animal and vegetable fats. The combination itself is not bad, but it is good to avoid the simultaneous intake of different types of fat, as well as mostly to be careful with the amount of the consumed fats.

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The digestive system is not capable of processing too much fat at once.

Regardless of the conflicting views about the question of food combining, all physicians are aware that the difficult to absorb food is harmful. The people have thought about the principles of food combining since Ancient times.

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The universally acknowledged Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov studied these principles in terms of human physiology and W. Hay, H. Shelton, K. Nishi and many others became supporters of separate nutrition in the last century. The food is initial material from which the cells of our body are structured, but for sure there will be no need of food which is not digested and leads to flatulence and fermentation products.

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The energy from the food should restore the expended and promote the healing and regeneration of the organism. And for this purpose optimal combination of the products according to their content of proteins, fats and carbohydrates is needed.

Author: Dr. Rayna Stoyanova