Have you ever wondered about which foods combine and digest well? And which are bad food combinations for our digestion system? Why sometimes after eating, you feel fatigue, upset stomach, nausea etc?
It may sound a bit strange to you and most likely you haven’t given it a thought before. But it may be due to bad food combinations in your meal.
Food combining concept is derived from Ayurveda, an ancient medical science of India, practiced since thousands years. Ayurveda means Science of life.
This food combining concept is very crucial in today’s life. According to this concept, the types of food we eat, in which order we eat, cooking method and the ratio of the combination determines how well the food will digest and assimilate essential nutrients.
Now, either you already got my point or if you haven’t…
Well, let me give you a very simple example to help you understand this concept in a more practical way.
This example just represents a tiny part of the problems which can arise due to bad food combinations.
And what if you are suffering from diabetes on top of that, it’s clear to you that your pancreas isn’t working properly. In that case, bad food combinations can put too much pressure on your digestion system.
And of course when your immune and digestion system are not at its best, you are more susceptible to other infections, viruses, diseases too. So, this can become very troublesome if you get any other problems too such as cold, cough, upset stomach, headaches, allergy, acne, rashes, fatigue etc. when you are already suffering from diabetes and having hard time keeping your blood glucose levels in control.
Think about it, right!
Now tell me why do we eat food?
The answer is simple and well known. We eat food to obtain essential nutrients for our body growth, body cells maintenance and to prevent nutrient deficiencies.
And if bad food combinations prevent us from obtaining these essential food nutrients and also create complications on top of that then what’s the point of eating those combinations.
Well, you may say it’s delicious, that’s why. But you already know that’s not right when you have diabetes to worry about.
That’s why avoiding bad food combinations becomes extremely important especially when you have diabetes.
Bad food combinations are mostly based on food combining concept but to understand them more clearly and efficiently we will try to look from modern science’s point of view too.
So, let’s find out which bad food combinations, you should try to avoid:
1. Fruits with a meal: As you know fruits contain a lot of carbohydrates which are mostly natural simple sugars. And simple sugars don’t stay in our stomach for much time as they don’t require much digestion.
So, what happens when you eat full meal with fruits, is that these simple sugars have to stay for very long time along with proteins, fats and starch because these require a lot of processing before complete digestion. This situation creates digestion a lot harder and our system cannot assimilate essential food nutrients at its best.
So, it’s best to eat fruits separately at least 1/2 hour before a full meal.
2. Milk with Citrus Fruits: You know what happens when you add a little lemon or vinegar to milk ? It curdles.
So, when you eat citrus fruits like orange, lemon etc. with milk, it doesn’t mix well in our stomach and it curdles milk into heavy mucus forming substance. Which also blocks proper absorption of natural sugars and other nutrients of milk.
Most seen scenario of this situation is when you are eating cereal or oatmeal with milk and take orange juice with it as well.
In some cases, this can also result in unusual acidic burps and upset stomach.
3. Milk with Animal Proteins: As you know proteins take a lot of time to digest completely, especially the animal proteins. Due to this slow process of digesting these proteins, milk also have to stay in the system for a long time.
So, first, milk itself doesn’t digest properly and on the other hand it increases the already a long time to process the proteins as well by diluting enzymes. Which blocks absorption of essential nutrients as well.
4. Milk with Banana: This may sound you very strange and most likely you won’t accept it right away. but let me explain why.
Banana has sour nature, especially post eating. And i am sure you have noticed banana tastes sour after it ripe to a point. So, as you now already know milk doesn’t work well with acidic or sour combinations. Same goes when mixed with banana.
Milk and banana combination creates a very heavy toxin forming substance. This substance increases mucus forming process significantly. This can create more complications if you have frequent cold and cough problems.
5. Melon: Melon is a very rich natural sugar fruit. It should not be combined with anything. It doesn’t make a good combination with anything like milk, proteins, fats, starch; due to high sugars. As high sugars stayed for long in our digestion system isn’t good.
That’s why melon is best when eaten alone itself. This way it works best when you require fast energy from a fruit.
6. Cheese with Beans: Cheese and beans can look like a common combination. But this isn’t good for you at all if you want to avoid post eating bloating and gas problem.
7. Cheese with Animal Proteins: Cheese is a heavy concentrated dairy protein. And when eaten with other heavy animal proteins, it can put a lot of pressure on our digestion system. As proteins take a lot of time to digest well.
8. Cheese Pasta Sauce with Tomato: Cheese pasta sauce is already a heavy combination of dairy protein and starchy pasta. Adding acidic tomatoes to the mix creates more digestion problems.
9. Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Lasagna: Mixing heavy protein with starch rich ingredients isn’t good for digestion. Protein and starch both require different time and enzymes in digestion process. In this combination, our system tries to process protein first and that leaves starch for a long time.
This undigested starch starts to ferment and decompose. And when it stays for too long like this, it can produce toxic substances, not good for our body at all.
10. Honey in Hot foods: Never cook honey nor add in hot food or liquids. Honey when cooked or added to hot food, it breaks into a non-homogenized glue substance which forms mucus and clogs body channels. This can create toxic environment in the body.
That’s why honey should be always used at normal room temperature. You can add it into lukewarm water or tea to dissolve easily. But it should not be added in a hot tea or food.
11. Raw food with leftovers: It’s very common to eat leftovers. But from a digestion point of view it isn’t healthy. Leftover food from last night, even if you put in refrigerator, these foods loses their vital energy after 6-8 hours and start to get slimy.
And when reheated, especially when on high temperature, food nutrients get destroyed and break into more complex toxic substances.
Mixing leftovers with fresh raw food increases the chance of producing toxic substances significantly because raw food needs to be cook for long than leftovers, means more heat and more degrading of the overall food.
So, it’s best to avoid leftover food as much as you can. But if sometimes you find yourself with no other option, don’t reheat it again on high temperature. Either eat it cold or just warm it only a little on very low temperature to prevent further degrading.
12. Cold beverage with Meal: All systems in our body have their own temperature to perform at the best, especially the digestion system. According to Ayurveda, the temperature of our digestive system is called “AGNI” meaning fire.
So, when you drink cold beverages with meal, it significantly reduces the agni, the perfect temperature for the digestion system to work on. This affects digestion directly and it takes a lot of time to digest food and absorb nutrients.
The more our digestion system has to work, more energy gets used in the process and we feel tired and exhausted without even doing any physical work.
So, it’s better to take beverages if you must, on room temperature. And don’t drink too much during or right after the meal, same goes with water. It dilutes the digestive enzymes which makes the digestion process harder and delays it. Just take 1-2 sips if you must and you are good to go.
At first, It may look like a lot to take in. A lot of restrictions. But i can assure you, once you start to notice after meal symptoms, you will see some food combinations do make you feel strange and upset.
Food is meant to be simple and easy to digest. Making it complex, hard to digest and unhealthy just because it tastes good, isn’t good for health at all.
However, every person is different from each other. Same goes with healthiness of Immune and digestion system. Some people may even find these bad food combinations just fine for them as they don’t notice any bad reaction. This may be due to their stronger or habitual digestion system.
But when it comes to diabetes, you should not put unwanted pressure on your digestion system by making a mistake of bad food combinations.
So, Learning about bad food combinations, what works for you and what doesn’t, carefully noticing any strange or bad reaction after a meal, is best way to start. You can start by avoiding these bad food combinations. Some are very simple to follow, some may require major changes in your common habits. Take one change at a time and see significant improvement in your overall experience, energy level and less health problems.
You just have to keep motivating yourself to make better health choices, so life can be a bit easier.