Food Combinations That Cause Gas

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Correct food combinations are important for proper digestion, utilization, and assimulation of the nutrients in our diet. Different foods require different digestive enzymes to aid in the digestive process - some acid, some alkaline. When acids and alkali

Correct food combinations are important for proper digestion, utilization, and assimulation of the nutrients in our diet. Different foods require different digestive enzymes to aid in the digestive process - some acid, some alkaline. When acids and alkalines come in contact, they neutralize each other and this retards digestion. Poor food combining or food combinations can be a cause of indigestion or stomach disorders in the body. Ulcerative Colitis, Gastritis, Acid Reflux are some of the stomach disorder examples. When wrong foods are consumed at the same time, you are likely to get digestive disorders.

The reason for these ailments is that certain food groups do not digest well together. Some foods digest primarily in the stomach, others in the small intestine. Some foods digest in minutes while others take many hours. Some foods require an acid medium to digest in and others an alkaline medium. Therefore certain foods eaten together do not digest properly and thus tend to become toxic.

Food combining is an area where everyone seems to have an opinion. One way to find out what is right for yourself is to experiment. Try it and see how you feel. Listen to your body. What works for one person may not work for another person.

By understanding the food combinations that you should avoid, you will be able to keep your digestive system in top working order and stay feeling healthier and happier in general.

Protein foods require a highly acidic environment for digestion while carbohydrates (starches, fruit and sugars) and fats require a more alkaline medium. Anytime 2 or more foods are eaten at the same time, and those foods require opposite conditions for digestion, the digestive process is compromised.

When starches and proteins are combined their stimulation to the digestive juices generates a conflicting response and produces a medium which does not digest either food very well. This situation often leads to indigestion, bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and poor absorption of nutrients. Any quick digesting foods - such as fruit - must wait until the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach before they can leave - a process which can take up to 6 or 8 hours. While waiting, the fruit and some of the starches undergo some decomposition and fermentation, producing gas, acid and even alcohol along with indigestion.

If we expect our digestive systems to be able to run efficiently and healthy, we’ve got to be conscious of what we are eating at all times.                                                       

Food combining principles:

The most important rule, is this: Don't mix starch foods with protein foods at the same meal.

Food combinations which cause gas and other digestion problems:

1. Eating starches and acids at same meals. Acids neutralize the alkaline medium required for starch digestion and the result is indigestion and fermentation.

2. Eating carbohydrate foods and protein foods at same meals. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion.

3. Eating more than one kind of protein food at a meal.            

4. Eating proteins and acid foods at same meals. The acids of acid foods inhibit the secretion of the digestive acids required for protein digestion. Undigested proteins putrefy in bacterial decomposition and produces some potent poisons.

5. Eating proteins and fats at same meals. Some foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and require hours for digestion.

6. Eating proteins and sugars (fruits).

7. Eating starchy foods and sugars (fruits). Fruits undergo no digestion in the stomach and are held up if eaten with foods which require digestion in the stomach.

8. Melons combining with other food.

9. Dessert eating. Eaten on top of meals they lie heavy on the stomach, requiring no digestion there, and ferment. Bacteria turn them into alcohols, acetic acids and vinegars. Food combining: chew all food close to liquid consistency

One principal of food combining is the idea of chewing all foods close to a liquid before swallowing, to help digestion.

In the 14th edition of Howell's Textbook of Physiology (p.777) is some very interesting research:

Abbe Spallanzani (1729 - 1799), one of the oldest observers on gastric digestion, found that grapes and cherries, when swallowed whole, even if entirely ripe, were usually passed unbroken in the stools. "As proof that the triturating power (ability to reduce to a powder by rubbing or friction) of the stomach is not very great, he swallowed some wooden tubes made very thin, so that the slightest pressure would crush them, and they were voided uninjured."

This shows the tremendous importance of thorough mastication of all foods. We can assimilate only those foods which are the most liquified.        

Source: Healing daily

Food combining chart

Related factoid: Acupressure Points for Indigestion and Related Problems

Useful links:

* Healing daily

* The Right Food Combinations

* Diet Center / Food Combinations

* Nutrition pyramid

1 comment

Jerry Walch
Posted on Feb 17, 2011