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What is Food Combining?

What is Food Combining?


I’m currently doing a Diet and Nutrition Course and the topic of the latest module is Food Combining.
Food Combining is making dietary choices based on whether certain groups of food when digested by the body work well together from a digestive and nutritional point of view.

The concept of Food combining isn’t a new one having been around for generations in some Cultures.
Should you mix alkaline and acid foods at the same sitting or proteins and carbohydrates together are just some of the questions people have been looking at.

From a nutritionist viewpoint a well balanced diet consists of foods from all the food groups but there are instances where maybe food combining would be beneficial.

In the 1900s a popular food combining diet emerged called the Hay Diet created by Dr William Hay who found out that fruit and vegetables turned into alkaline after being metabolised by the body whilst processed foods turned into acid. He believed that combining the two would result in the body being in an overly acidic state. He felt that people shouldn’t eat acidic foods , alkaline foods and proteins at a sitting together and should all be separated.
Since that with increased knowledge about the pancreas and other research this has really been proven incorrect.

There is however no evidence to show that food combining has any negative impact on the body as long as overall you are eating a balanced, healthy diet. With so many people having digestive issues, intolerance, allergies food combining may actually be helpful.

My personal view is to listen what your body tells you after eating combinations, I think our bodies are designed to deal with all the food group combinations when the digestive system is in optimum health but maybe with our modern diets and lifestyle if we don;t eat a balanced diet overall our bodies lack nutrients and don’t perform so well and maybe food combining theory would be beneficial in that case to help the body heal.