Food combining refers to a nutrition-based approach to choosing and consuming food. A food combining diet does not allow the mixing of protein-rich foods with carbohydrate-rich foods. If you can learn to combine foods in the correct manner, your digestive system will improve, as well as your energy levels.
People who support combining foods believe that "miscombined," or incorrectly combined meals, lead to undigested food. This is believed to result in chronic conditions like acne and irritable bowl syndrome. The key to the food combining diet is knowing what foods are best together and what foods to avoid placing together during meals.
In a food combining diet, fruit should be eaten alone and 20 to 30 minutes need to pass before another meal can be consumed so the fruit has time to pass through the body. Some experts believe that carbohydrate-rich foods and citrus fruit should not be combined because the enzyme that digests carbohydrates can only function in an alkaline space (citrus fruits can alter this environment). Similarly, carbohydrates and proteins should be kept away from one another since they can affect the digestion of the other.
Protein and starches are eaten during separate meals in a food combining diet. For example, meat and bread would not be eaten together during a single meal. Additionally, the protein or starch that is consumed during a meal would be combined with a vegetable, and fruits would always be eaten separately. This diet is 70% fruits and vegetables and 30% starches like rice or pasta. Dairy products are not included in the food combining diet.
Because this diet consists mostly of fruit and vegetables, it is usually lower in calories. Rapid weight loss is usually associated with food combining. Some nutritionists worry that this diet lacks important nutrients like Vitamin D and protein. However, food combinists say that if the diet is followed properly, this is not an issue.
In recent years it seems a level of awareness has been on the rise over the merits of adopting a macrobiotic diet.
Interested in applying the macrobiotic approach to your diet? Read on for a sample macrobiotic diet menu.