Combining food improperly is one of the primary factors that cause gas, flatulence, heartburn, stomach upset, etc… The resulting poor digestion can also contribute to malnutrition, even when you think you are eating a good diet.
Food combining is the idea and practice that eating certain foods together and keeping certain foods separate will help your system to digest food better and will also help you absorb nutrients more effectively.
When considering food combining, different categories of foods, which include proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, of which carbohydrates are further broken down into fruits and starches are involved. Some food combining plans break these down even further, as they go ahead to categorize fruits into acid, sub-acid, or sweet.
It is not wise to point out to a particular fruit that is healthier than others, because each fruit has its own nutritional benefits and functions. for examples, Melons has a lot of lycopene that helps to prevent cataracts and cancer, and they are rich in vitamin C and potassium, which is vital for the heart muscle.
On the other hand, grapes and plums have important antioxidants that help against cancer, while mangoes and apricots have a high concentration of vitamin A for vision, and is especially important in the summer because it protects the skin from the sun.
Rules of Combining Fruit in Your Diet
- Eat fruits alone, because, fruits are only mechanically digested in the stomach, not chemically, and if eaten with other foods, fruits will get left behind to rot in the gut. This rot may help to feed yeast and other unhealthy pathogens in the system. Furthermore, you should never combine high-acid fruits, like citrus and pineapple, with sweet fruits, like bananas, dates, figs, or grapes.
- You are advised here to eat fruits alone. For those that are probably used to mixing fruit with proteins like yogurt and with vegetables, then you are called to obey the laws of food combining, and separate out the other ingredients. Make smoothies that are fruits only and use ice and water for your liquids.
- Separate your acidic and sweet fruits, and you should not combine sweet and acid fruits. Bananas are sweet, and it should not be combined with citrus, pineapple, pomegranate or any other fruits with a sour taste.
- Select more raw fruits over prepared packaged ones, because prepared fruits tend to be loaded in preservatives, saturated fats, and chemicals that our bodies do have trouble breaking down.
- Include non-starchy vegetables in fruit smoothies since many non-starchy vegetables are actually fruits. So you can include them in your morning fruit smoothies. Examples of non-starchy vegetables include bell peppers, tomatoes, avocados, and cucumbers.
- People suffering from high levels of triglycerides in their blood, and those who have a tendency for diabetes need to be careful of the amounts of fruits they eat. Diabetics should not eat the fruit as a snack between meals but as a dessert right after a meal so that the additional components will help in regulating the absorption of sugar from the fruit.
Eat fruits with low glycemic index. This means that the sugar in them is absorbed less quickly into the blood. Examples of such fruits are watermelon or dates, in comparison to plums, peaches, mango or cherries that are considered high glycemic index fruits.