Food will rot whenever it is allowed to remain for a prolonged period at a temperature at or above 85 degrees. Everyone has had occasion to see and smell food rotting. When it is improperly combined or overeaten, this rotting or fermentation is what happens to food that remains undigested in the stomach, which has a temperature of 104-106 degrees during digestion. The body goes through a state of shock, and tries to get rid of the unwanted matter by discharging more chemicals into the stomach. The symptoms that may occur are: gas, flatulence, heartburn, upset stomach, regurgitation and diarrhea. If you follow these seven rules for food combining when you eat, you can eliminate those symptoms and you’ll be amazed at the results:
- Proteins and starches should not be eaten together
Mixing proteins and starches is one of the worst of the disease-producing habits. There is no way this combination will digest properly. You’re thinking, “What about meat and potatoes, hamburgers, sub sandwiches, meat pizzas, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs on a bun, and all those other favorites? Take, for example, the hamburger–the meat is a protein and the bread is a starch. It takes a series of acid digestive juices to digest the protein (pepsin, hydrochloric acid), and a series of alkaline digestive juices to digest the starch (ptyalin, maltase. When proteins and starches are combined, their digestive juices neutralize each other and digestion comes to a halt. And when food doesn’t digest, it rots.
- Fruits should not be eaten with starches
The digestion of fruits requires hardly any time at all in the mouth and stomach, while starches require most of their digestion in those areas. The fruit sugars are quickly absorbed into the intestines, while the starch requires chemical and mechanical digestion in the mouth and stomach. Incidentally, starch is the only food that begins to digest in the mouth with the enzyme Ptyalin. When sugar, for which no Ptyalin is required, is combined with starch, the mouth fills with saliva and the signals get jumbled; impaired digestion is the result. If the fruit sugars are held up in the stomach awaiting the digestion of starch, fermentation is inevitable. The rule of thumb when eating fruit is to eat fruit as a fruit meal. This gives a new perspective to some of the old favorite combinations – the raisin bran products, fruit preserves on toast, bananas on cereal, carrot slaw with raisins. Oranges with rice is a bad combination that is easy to identify and doesn’t even sound good.
- Fruits should not be eaten with proteins
Here, too, the fruit sugars are absorbed directly into the intestines and the protein requires much time digesting in the stomach. If the sugars are held back in the stomach while the protein is digesting, fermentation will result. The only exception to this rule is the avocado, which combines well with acid and sub-acid fruits. There is enough oil in seeds and nuts to prolong the protein digestive gastric juices in the stomach, while the fruit sugars of acid fruits are absorbed into the intestines.
- Fruits and vegetables should not be eaten together
When these are combined, the digestion of the fruit is delayed and fermentation again occurs. Lettuce and celery are exceptions and may be combined with any fruit except melon. Tomatoes are a fruit and an exception to the rule, also. You can have tomatoes with the following vegetables – lettuce, celery, okra, cucumbers, eggplant, bell peppers and summer squash. Melons should be eaten alone or left alone!
- Combine melons with NO OTHER FOOD
They are in their simplest form and require no digestion time at all in the stomach. If they are held back in the stomach while something else is being digested, again, fermentation will take place. Put a piece of melon outside in the sun at 80-90 degrees and see how quickly it decomposes. It’s no wonder that melons bother so many people. They eat them before, with, or directly after a meal. There is NO EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE. Eat melons alone or leave them alone.
- Acid and sweet fruits should not be eaten together
These two food groups definitely should not be combined. Banana and grapefruit, oranges and raisins, tangerines and prunes don’t even sound like good combinations, do they? NO EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE!
- Do not mix more than 4 to 6 fruits or vegetables at a meal
The simpler the meal, the better you feel. Benjamin Franklin made the following observations regarding the eating habits of his time, showing that things haven’t changed much:
- “I’ve seen few die of hunger, but 100,000 of overeating.”
- “There’s more that die from the platter than from the sword!”
- “When feasts are spread, the doctor rolls his pills, and in 50 dishes lie a hundred ills.”
Think health. When you have it, you have everything. When you
don’t, nothing else matters.
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