A bad combination of foods can influence the onset of some discomfort and our health may suffer. These tips can help you.
A correct combination of food is essential if we want to have a complete digestion and a metabolism at full capacity, on the other hand a good digestion is necessary so that the body can absorb and assimilate all nutrients correctly.
To get the right weight, the sensation of intestinal well-being and improve health at all levels is necessary the correct combination of food as it allows us to obtain a better digestion, proper assimilation, and a proper intestinal evacuation that favors the detoxification of our Organism continuously.
Combination of food and digestion
Virtually all foods contain most of the nutrients:
- Lipids or fats.
- Glucose or sugars.
- Minerals and water.
Although foods contain a greater proportion of nutrients than others.
In general terms, if a food contains 15 percent or more of protein, it is considered protein food, while 20 percent or more of carbohydrates is considered to be carbohydrate, what counts is whether proteins or Carbohydrates constitute the main nutritional element of a given food.
This information will be very useful when assessing favorable or unfavorable combinations of foods.
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Combination of food and nutrients
Starches and sugars
When sugar enters the mouth along with starch, in the saliva secreted during mastication is inhibited ptyalin, the enzyme that aids digestion of starch, thus infringing starch digestion before it reaches the stomach. This combination blocks the passage of sugar through the stomach until the starch is digested, causing it to ferment.
The byproducts of the fermentation of sugars are acids, which in turn inhibit more the digestion of starches, which need alkaline means for their digestion.
Proteins and starches
This feature is the combination of foods that we find in modern Western diets, meat with potatoes, eggs and bread etc. When we eat proteins and starch together, the enzyme ptyalin is secreted through the saliva beginning the digestion of starches, when the chewed food reaches the stomach, the digestion of starch by alkaline enzymes continues and thus impedes the digestion of the protein By pepsin and other acid secretions, favoring the occurrence of toxic waste gases and putrefaction.
Starch and acidic foods
Any acid that is taken along with a starch inhibits the secretion of ptyalin.
Therefore, when eating for example acidic fruits or acids such as vinegar along with starch, there is no suitable secretion of the alkaline enzyme in the mouth to start the first phase of digestion. The consequence is that the starch goes to the stomach without the vital alkaline juices it needs to digest properly, which favors the bacteria to ferment.
Protein and acidic foods
Since the protein needs an acid medium for proper digestion, it may be thought that acidic foods would facilitate the digestion of proteins, but that is not so. When acidic foods enter the stomach inhibit the secretion of hydrochloric acid and pepsin, this enzyme that digests proteins can only function in the presence of hydrochloric acid, not with any acid.
Some examples of favorable food combination
- Bread or pasta with avocado.
- Fruit with yogurt or cottage cheese are grapes, pears, bananas, etc.
- Potatoes with vegetables.
- Eggs with vegetables.
- Fish with lemon.
- Meat and dessert pineapple.
- Fruit with dextrinated bread.
- Fruit with oat flakes.
- Salad of fresh vegetables without vinegar, with rice (starch).
- Salad of fresh vegetables with vinegar, with mushrooms (protein).
- Strawberries with honey.
- Yogurt with muesli.
- Quinoa with sautéed vegetables.
- Season vegetables with a single protein.
Some examples of bad food combinations
- Bread and potatoes, rice or legume.
- Kiwi or lemon with banana.
- Tomato and lemon.
- Egg and potato.
- Ham and melon.
- Meat with potatoes.
- Fish with pasta.
- Vinegar or lemon in the salad with pasta or rice or potatoes.
- Milk with bread.