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HOW FOOD COMBINING WORKS

1. There are three basic types of food: concentrated foods (proteins and carbohydrates). High water content foods (fruits and vegetables) and fats.

2. Proteins are the most complex (concentrated) food and require the most time and energy to digest and assimilate.

3. Fruit is the least complex (high water content) food and takes the least amount of time and energy to digest and assimilate. It can be eaten right before, but not after, any other food. After a meal you must wait at least 3 hours before eating more fruit. Sweet fruits should not be eaten right before a meal.

4. All foods that are eaten have to be broken down into a form of sugar.

5. Glucose (sugar) is the brain’s only food. It cannot burn protein or fat.

6. All fruit, except for bananas, dried fruit, and avocados, pass directly through the stomach and digest in the intestines.

7. Medical science and nutritionists have erroneously classified ALL sugars, including, fruit, as carbohydrates. Fruit may be classified as a carbohydrate, but the makeup is so entirely different that it MUST be thought of as a separate grouping. It is best to classify fruit as a sugar. The classification of fruit as a carbohydrate and the subsequent consumption of fruit along with proteins and carbohydrates has probably led to more digestive difficulties than any other dietary habit.

8. In the digestive system the process to break down proteins, carbohydrates and fruit are entirely different, requiring different secretions. Therefore, to insure the most efficient digestion possible, there three foods should not be consumed simultaneously.

9. If a protein is eaten with a carbohydrate, such as meat and a piece of bread or potato, the different digestive juices in contact with each other will nullify each other’s effectiveness. The protein will putrefy and the carbohydrate will ferment. The result is gas and flatulence in the system.

10. If a protein is eaten with a sugar, such as nuts and with raisins, the protein will putrefy, and the sugar will ferment. The result is gas and flatulence in the system.

11. If a carbohydrate is eaten with a sugar, such as a cooked grain cereal with apple or banana, the carbohydrate and the sugar will both ferment. The result is gas and flatulence in the system.

12. No healthy cell structure can be built from fermentation or putrefaction.

13. Proteins (concentrated foods) should be eaten with steamed vegetables and/or salads (high water content foods) for optimum digestion.

14. Carbohydrates (concentrated foods) should be eaten with steamed vegetables and/or salads (high water content foods) for optimum digestion.

15. If fruit is eaten alone on an empty stomach, it will have the effect of washing and cleansing the digestive tract leaving it more capable of absorbing nutrition.

16. NEVER eat cooked spinach. Spinach contains oxalic acid which assists in the peristaltic actions of the digestive system. That is the constant waving motion to keep foodstuffs moving through it. When cooked oxalic acid forms acid crystals in the kidneys, and its beneficial properties are lost. Always eat spinach raw.

17. Tomatoes are an acid fruit, but in the digestive tract they are extremely alkaline, helping neutralize acid buildups in the body. When tomatoes are cooked, they are highly acid-forming and damaging to the internal organs. They are a prime factor in the high incidence of ulcers in this country, and severely aggravate an existing ulcer. If you must have cooked tomatoes, i.e., spaghetti sauce, be certain that a large green salad is eaten with it to offset its damaging effects. For the highest level of health, tomatoes should NEVER be eaten cooked.

18. Fluids should not be consumed alone with or after a meal because they wash many of the digestive juices from the stomach. The remaining juices are severely diluted. This forces the body to secrete more digestive juices immediately, unnecessarily usurping energy.

19. Dairy products are highly mucous forming and difficult to digest. They do not combine will with anything. If they are eaten, they should be accompanied with a salad.

20. By adhering to the rules of proper food combining, the digestive system is worked less, thereby conserving energy that can be utilized elsewhere in the body. The conserved energy can be used by the body for the cleansing of accumulated toxic waste.

21. Improper food combining is one of the main reasons why so many people have a excess weight problem. The energy necessary to break down and assimilate the excesses that cause overweight are constantly begin used by the digestive system. There is simply not enough energy at the body’s disposal to carry out the functions of digestion AND eliminate unwanted excesses, unless the burdens put on the digestive processes are decreased.

22. Ignore fad weight loss schemes and standardized height-weight charts based on averages from an unhealthy population. The critical point to remember is that when you are on a healthful, vital diet, your body will automatically go to your most optimum body weight and will remain there.

NOTE; Food combining is very controversial. I believe some parts of it are interesting and some diets or food lifestyles work for some people, however, not one diet works for everyone. It seems that man has adapted very well to a variety of diets. In fact, people have been known to live on shoe leather. It seems that our stomachs are like a goat’s; we can eat just about anything in moderation. One aspect of Food Combining that works is the consciousness that it brings of what and when we eat.


The Food Combos                                                   VIEW FOOD COMBO-CHART

PROTEINS & FATS
Concentrated Foods)
Cheese
Coconut
Eggs
Fish
Fowl
Meat
Milk
Nuts (Raw)
Nut Butters
Olives
Seeds
Seed Butters
Soybeans
Yogurt

CARBOHYDRATES: Acid Fruit: GOOD COMBINATION
Blackberry
Grapefruit
Kumquat
Lemon
Lime
Orange
Pineapple
Plum (sour)
Pomegranate
Raspberry
Sour Apple
Strawberry
Tangerine
Tangeloe

MELONS; Eat separately "eat them alone or leave them alone"

VEGETABLES
NON-STARCHY VEGETABLES: EXCELLENT COMBINATION
(HIGH WATER CONTENT FOODS)

Asparagus
Beet
Greens
Broccoli
Brus
Sprts
Cabbage
Celery
Chard
Chicory
Collards
Cucumber
Dandelion
Eggplant
Endive
Escarole

Grn. Beans
Kale
Kohi-Rabi
Lettuce
Parsley
Spinach
Sprouts
Squash
St.Pepper
Tomatoes
Turnips
Watercres
Zucchini


MILDLY STARCHY VEGETABLES: NOT GOOD COMBINATION

Artichoke
Beets
Carrots
Cauliflower

Corn
Peas

IRRITANTS - USE SPARINGLY

Garlic
Leeks

Onions Radish Scalion Shallot

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