We might have been combining certain foods, unaware of the effects they have on our health. They may have normalized over the years, but they may be consequentially lethal.
Some of the immediate consequences of bad food combinations are indigestion, gas, bloating, stomach ache, nausea, fatigue, and problems with egestion. While short-term effects can clear up within a day or two, long-term food combining can lead to more severe problems like bad breath, dry skin, rashes, chronic inflammation, poor sleep, low energy, and chronic digestion issues.
Here are 5 unhealthy food combos you should avoid as much as possible.
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Fruit after a meal
We’ve been hearing varying views on whether fruits should be eaten before or after meals. Let’s set the records straight once and for all. Natural Hygienists have known for a long time that fruit doesn’t combine well with other foods. The reason is that fruit contains simple sugars that require no digestion. Thus, they will not stay for a long time in the stomach. Other foods, such as foods rich in fat, protein and starch, will stay in the stomach for a longer period of time because they require more digestion. So, if you eat fruit after a meal, the fruit sugar will stay for too long in the stomach and ferment.
Bananas and milk
Banana smoothie lovers, this is specially for you. Ayurveda lists this combination as one of the heaviest and toxin-forming. It is said to create heaviness in the body and slow down the mind. If you are a fan of milk-based banana smoothies make sure that banana is very ripe and add nutmeg to stimulate digestion.
Carb foods and protein
Weird right?? When you eat a carbohydrate with protein (such as meat with potatoes or bread) they counteract- protein putrefies and carbohydrate ferments. This leads to gas, bloating and flatulence. Perhaps, the good news is those who have eaten this combination for years may have developed immunity, but it is better to eat complementary combinations like beans and rice which is a good combination.
Cereal or oatmeal with milk and orange juice
Can we really do without the cornflakes and cereal mixes, complemented with a supposedly healthy glass of orange juice to wash down the cereals? Acids in orange juice or any acid fruits destroy the enzyme that is responsible for digesting starches present in cereal. Also, acidic fruits or juices can curdle milk and turn it into a heavy mucus-forming substance. To keep your breakfast healthy, try having fruit or orange juice 30 minutes before the oatmeal.
Food and Water/Juice
We must have heard this countless times already, or? Drinking water or juice with your meal is one of the most toxic food combinations. Water dilutes your stomach acids and reduces their effectiveness in breaking down proteins, carbohydrates and fats. So drink water 10 minutes before the meal. This’ll keep you from overeating or diluting stomach enzymes.
So the nutritionists and dietitians were right after all. We really are what we eat!