Food combinations are the best part of our daily diet. But improper food combinations do not only lead to indigestion but also the production of toxins in your body. This is because each food item has a distinct taste, characteristic, potency, energy and effect on the digestive system.
When food with different energies are combined, it can overload the digestive fire and lead to indigestion, bloating, fermentation, gas and production of toxins.
Certain food combinations disrupt the digestive tract more than others. Paying attention and avoiding some foods combinations can lead to
• improved health
• improved quality of digestion
• the deeper level of nourishment
• improved overall health
Below is a list of some food combination that should be completely avoided along with some supportive food combinations. The list is not extensive and there may be many other foods combinations that would not suit one specifically, look for instincts.
1.Eggs and Fried Meat
One of the bad food combinations for digestion is eggs and fried meat. Though this classic breakfast combo is loved by most, it can take a toll on your digestion. Fried meat like bacon along with eggs is a combo that is loaded with protein and your digestive system may take a long time to digest it. Make an effort to consume at least one item that is made up of fruits and vegetables.
2.Cheese and Beans
Although it’s a classic combination along with guacamole and hot sauce in Mexican cuisine, the entire recipe (not just beans alone) will build heavy gas and bloating.
Cheese is one of the most inflammatory foods you can ever eat, while beans have a particular type of sugar our bodies can’t process as they lack the right enzymes to do so. As a result of mixing these two foods, you will feel gassy and bloating.
It is best to keep beans and dairy separate for easier digestion. Try to eat them separately, either avoid beans or avoid dairy when you are going for this dish.
3.Water with Food
As a constant water-drinker, I was surprised to hear we shouldn’t be having it with our meals.
Drinking water with your meal or right after is the norm, but water can worsen GERD, cause bloating and interfere with the digestion of your food. Your stomach is a highly acidic environment where hydrochloric acid breaks down what you consume. When you drink a lot of water, you risk changing the acidity of your stomach and hindering the breakdown of your food.
In a healthy gastrointestinal system, all food consumed is being broken down and the nutrients are being optimally absorbed by the body, and the waste is passed. So when you aren’t breaking down your food, it can affect your whole GI tract functions and digestive system, causing bloating, gas, and general discomfort.
Of course, it’s OK to take sips of water with your meal, but it is recommended to drink a glass of water about 30 minutes before or after your meals to prevent the bloat.
4. Fries and Burger
Why? A convenient meal is usually an unhealthy one, to say the least.
This may make you wonder because most burger joints give fries along with the burger. But it is not so because this combo is as wrong as it could get. Overcooked food with high levels of fat, preservatives and other chemicals can form a charcoal-type substance. This then combines with the sugar in potato fries, creating cytokines that can cause inflammation and speed up the ageing process.
Both fries and burger patty are deep-fried food items, which can make your blood sugar levels very low. Low blood sugar levels will make you tired and lethargic.
5. Cola and Pizza
Another combo that most fast-food chains offer to its customers, soda and pizza is a very bad choice as far as your health is concerned. Soda and pizza, or anything with high fructose corn syrup, and refined carbs increases false hunger pangs and decreases satiety,
Pizza is loaded with starch and proteins, which slows down digestion and high amounts of sugar from cola further makes your digestion sluggish. So even if you ate a huge meal of pizza, the sugars in the soda could keep you from feeling full.
Ever wonder how you ended up polishing off that entire pizza? Now you know.
6.Fruits with your meal or afterwards
One of the worst food mistakes that anyone can make is eating fruits after a full meal. Fruits and other food items do not go well with each other. Why?
Fruit is absorbed very quickly, passing through the stomach and then absorbed in the intestines. When these fruits are combined with grains, meats or dried products- they can stay in the digestive tract too long and begin to ferment. This can cause damage to the walls of your intestine amongst other problems and cause tummy troubles.
7. Banana and Milk
One very common example of a food combination that can create havoc in our system is banana and milk.
Milk and banana are some of the most toxin-forming food combinations as they can cause heaviness. It may also make your mind slow and your body lethargic. Though both these food items have cooling energy their post digestion effect is different, banana is sour, while milk is sweet. This confuses our digestive system and results in imbalances.
If consumed together can diminish the digestive fire and produce toxins, which can cause problems like sinus, cold, cough, allergy and congestion.
If you wish to enjoy an occasional banana smoothie, make sure you add green cardamom, cinnamon powder or nutmeg powder to aid digestion with yoghurt.
8. Orange Juice and Cereal
If you are thinking that a glass of juice along with your breakfast cereal is going to give you much-needed energy for the day, well, that may not be true.
Acids in orange juice or any acid fruits destroy the enzyme that is responsible for digesting the 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.
9. Limes and cough medicine
Limes and several oranges, apart from the common grapefruit, are known to break down cholesterol-lowering statins including a cough suppressant, dextromethorphan (a well-known cough medication ). If not broken down, the medicine can build up in the bloodstream, causing various side effects.
The risk may involve dextromethorphan getting into the bloodstream and making you experience severe hallucination, sleepiness or sustained muscle damage. So we suggest you avoid lime juice the next time you have a tickly throat.
10. Iron-rich foods with coffee
If you love eating eggs and coffee together then unfortunately that combo is affecting the digestion of our entire meal.
The polyphenols and tannins in teas and chlorogenic acid in coffee block the absorption of iron by your body by binding with the iron during digestion. If you drink tea or coffee frequently after your meal, you could be making yourself anaemic by inhibiting the iron absorption from what you ate.
Many women show lower levels of iron, especially during menstruation, when a lack of iron can contribute to fatigue and mood swings. Drink less tea and coffee or try to drink it an hour before a meal, rather than after if you want to optimize iron absorption.
11. Meat and Potatoes
One of the biggest noes is combining meat with a high starch carb such as potatoes. Even though this is a traditional lunch or dinner choice, it is shocking that this food mixture will potentially make you feel sick.
Proteins and starches need acidic and basic environment respectively to digest. If consumed together it will neutralize the digestive environment.
Meats (animal protein) and Potatoes (carbohydrates) consumed at the same time may negate the effects of each micronutrient. Protein is digested in the stomach while starch is digested in the small intestine. The digested protein will hold back the carb in the stomach and make it toxic. Their different enzyme activities will clash and cause gas and bloated stomach, discomfort and flatulence.
Meat and potatoes are indeed rich in calories, making them challenging for the body to process. They both have a lot of saturated fats in them. Furthermore, since it is low in fibre, it can induce constipation.
This list could go on forever with unhealthy food combinations, but now you know the basics you are one step closer to becoming a healthier person.