(Also known as "Food Combining" and "Food
By Don Bennett,
Food miscombining basically has
to do with avoiding the combining of dissimilar fruits. There
are a few categories of fruits as far as their digestive environment
requirements (the digestive "juices" that the body makes).
If you eat two foods individually at the same meal and they each
require different digestive environments, you'll get mal-digestion,
aka indigestion. You may or may not feel this, but even if you
don't feel it, each food will not be properly digested (digested
as well as they would have if they had been eaten separately).
Digestion is the most energy intensive process we have, and the
easier the digestion, the healthier you can be. This is because
the less nervous system energy (aka "nerve energy")
is needed for digestion, the more is available for healing, or
the less sleep is needed when healing is at a low.
Those fruit categories are "acid", "sub-acid",
"sweet", and non-sweet.
To learn why the tomato,
bell pepper, and avocado have a warning, click here.
NOTE: There are a lot of tropical fruits not shown due to them
And tropical fruits are what humans are biologically adapted to
Most of them are in the "sweet" category.
"Transit time" is also another consideration
that is not often spoken about when discussing food miscombining.
Some foods leave the stomach quickly, and some need to spend more
time there. If you eat two foods that are at opposite ends of
this spectrum, one will stay in the stomach too long and will
start to ferment. Not food. Or the opposite scenario: one leaves
the stomach too early. Also not good. The worst case example here
is eating almonds with watermelon.
The best way to avoid miscombining fruits is to
eat the way all other primates eat... mono meals... it's impossible
to miscombine if you eat a meal of just one fruit. This way of
eating takes time to adopt, but it's a good thing to shoot for.
But don't overeat when eating mono meals or you'll eat less meals,
and that means less variety in the diet.
Another thing to be aware of that you won't hear
mentioned in most food miscombining discussions is what happens
when you take a food from two different categories and blend them
together into one "new" food. If you ate bananas and
seeds individually at a meal, you'll get indigestion, but if you
blend them together, no indigestion (as long as you pay attention
to quantities). The "tomato, bell pepper, avocado" warning
article also speaks to this issue.