The Reason For Food Combining: To make digestion easier and more efficient! Most protein foods require an acid digestive environment for proper digestion; whereas most carbohydrates digest properly in an alkaline medium. Therefore, if we are going to eat more than one food at a meal, we can greatly improve digestion, and avoid indigestion, by eating foods that will require the same gastric juices for digestion and are compatible. Proper combining leads to good digestion and to better health. “The simpler the meal the better you feel.”
Proteins: Protein foods are those that contain a high percentage of protein in their make up. Most protein foods require and acid digestive medium. Chief among these are the following: nuts, seeds, dry beans, dry peas (combined as starches), soy beans, peanuts, olives, avocados. These substances are not recommended but have been included for clarity: All flesh foods, eggs, cheese and other dairy products, margarine.
Carbohydrates: The carbohydrates are the starches and sugars. These we break up into three distinct groups in the following classifications: starches, sugars and sweet fruits.
- Starches: All cereals, dry beans, (except soy), dry peas, potatoes, pumpkin, yams, chestnuts, corn squash, coconuts (Coconuts are a starch/protein combination and also a saturated fat).
- Sweet fruits: bananas, dates, figs, raisins, prunes, persimmons, dried fruits.
- Sugars: Pure maple syrup, Pure honey (These are not recommended).
- Mildly Starchy: Carrots, rutabaga, beets, artichokes, parsnips.
- Avoid eating carbs with acids
- Avoid eating concentrated proteins with concentrated carbs
- Do not consume two concentrated proteins at the same meal. Two concentrated proteins of different character and composition, such as nuts and cheese, should not be combined. Gastric acidity, type, strength and timing of secretions for various proteins is not uniform. Since concentrated protein is more difficult to digest than other food elements, incompatible combinations of two different concentrated proteins should be avoided.
- Do not consume fats with proteins. Our need for concentrated fat is small and most protein foods already contain a good deal of fat. Fat has an inhibiting effect on digestive secretions and lessens the amount and activity of pepsins and hydrochloric acid necessary for the digestion of protein. Fat may lower the entire digestive tone more than 50%.
- Use fats sparingly. Fats inhibit the secretion of gastric juice. Except with avocado, fats used with starch delay the passage of the starch from the stomach into the intestine. When fats such as avocados or nuts are eaten with raw vegetables, their inhibiting effect on gastric secretion is counteracted and digestion proceeds normally.
- Avocados: Though not a high protein food, avocados contain more protein than milk. They are high in fat and the small percentage of protein they contain is of high biological value. They are best used with a salad meal. Eating avocados with salads increases their digestibility. The next best combination for avocados is to take it with sub-acid fruit. It is even better when lettuce leaves and celery are eaten with the fruit and the avocado. Since the avocado is low in protein, it may also be used with potatoes and other starchy foods, provided a green salad is included in the meal. Avocados should never be used with nuts, which are also high in fat. Fats other than avocados are not recommended for regular use.
- Do not eat acid fruits with proteins. Citrus, tomatoes, pineapple, strawberries and other acid fruits should not be eaten with nuts, cheese, eggs or meat.
- Do not combine sweet fruits with proteins, starches or acid fruits. The sugars in sweet fruit should be free to leave the stomach within twenty minutes, and are apt to ferment if digestion is delayed by mixing with other foods. Sugar-starch combinations cause additional problems. When sugar is taken the mouth quickly fills with saliva, but no Pryalin is present. Pryalin is essential for starch digestion. If starch is disguised by sugar, honey, molasses or sweet fruit, digestion is impaired. Fermentation is inevitable if sugars of any kind are delayed in the stomach by the digestion of starch, protein, or acid fruit. Sugar also has a marked inhibiting effect on the flow of gastric juices.
- Eat only one concentrated starch at a meal. This rule is more important as means of avoiding overeating starches than avoiding a bad combination. Slightly starchy vegetables may be combined with more starchy vegetables such as carrots and potatoes, but not with combination foods such as grains and legumes.
- Acid fruits may be used with sub-acid fruits. This combination is best made with less sweet sub-acid fruits. Never use acid fruits with sweet fruits. Tomatoes should not be combined with sub-acid fruit nor with any other kind of fruit. They are best combined with a salad meal at which no starches are served.
- Sub-acid fruits may be used with sweet fruits. It is best to use the sweeter varieties of sub-acid fruits when making this combination. For people with poor digestion, bananas are best eaten alone. For others, bananas combine fairly well with dates, grapes, and other sweet fruit and with green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and celery. Dried sweet fruits should be used sparingly, because the sugar concentration is naturally greater. It is best to have these fruits at a fruit meal combined with salad of lettuce and celery.
- Combine fruit with lettuce and celery. These uncooked vegetables with a fruit meal may even enhance digestion of the fruit.
- Salads combine very well with proteins or starches. Non-starchy vegetables may be combined with proteins or starch. The green leafy vegetables combine very well with most other foods, and should form the major part of one’s daily diet. Through the week, use as wide a variety of vegetables as possible. Lettuce and other green and non-starchy vegetables eave the stomach with little change. They ass through the stomach rapidly unless delayed by oily dressing or foods that require a more thorough gastric digestion.
- Do not consume melons with any other foods. Many people who have complained that melons did not agree with them have no trouble when eating only melons at a meal. Melons are more than 90% liquid and leave the stomach quickly if not delayed and fermented by combining with other foods.
- Sprouts. The best way to eat grains is as sprouts. Other seeds and legumes may be sprouted as well.
- Other non-recommended foods. Cranberries, rhubarb, over ripe fruit and bitter vegetables.
- Water. You should drink water only when thirsty. Drink at least:
- 15 minutes before a meal
- 30 minutes after a fruit meal
- 2 hours after a starch
- 4 hours after a protein meal
*Don’t dilute the natural enzymes in you body by drinking water with meals.