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June 5, 2014

Combining different foods

by Helene van den Berg

Food combinations are vital for efficient food metabolism. When we eat what we eat, determines the nutrition we get from our food. Inadequate absorption of food causes degeneration of tissue. Therefore for perfect metabolism DO NOT COMBINE food high in starches with food high in proteins or fats in the same meal. Eating bread and potatoes with meats is a no-no!

A combination of high protein and high starches inhibits the absorption of all the nutrients and results in unnecessary burden upon the entire digestive system. Many illnesses are due to deficiencies of vitamins and minerals, which produce degeneration of certain tissues, which results in loss of resistance to infections and produce disease. It is not enough to have the essential elements in the food we eat, but they must be utilized by our bodies and available for our tissues. It is possible to eat nutritious food, but not benefiting from it at all, when we eat other foods at the same time that interfere with the proper digestion of vitamin and mineral bearing foods e.g. if we eat cheese (protein, rich in calcium) and at the time it reaches our small intestine and an alkaline digestive process is going on there (digesting the sugar and starches), the calcium will chemically combine with the alkali and become non-absorbable- it will pass through our bodies unused!

No matter how much cheese we eat, we may still suffer from calcium deficiency, if the calcium is not absorbed. On the other hand, if the food reaches the small intestine when an acid condition is present, much of the calcium will be utilized. We must make certain our small intestine is acid and not alkaline, when we eat cheese, by NOT eating any high carbohydrates (sugar/starches) at the same time. The carbohydrates interfere with the digestion of the proteins in the stomach and partially digested proteins becomes toxic material, such as histamine, an irritant associated with allergies (hay fever, asthma, eczema, migraines). A study has shown that many allergic patients lost their symptoms entirely by avoiding bad food combinations. Normally extracts from the adrenal gland controls allergic reactions, but years of improper food habits have depleted the adrenal glands, the control is lost and an allergic reaction appears and we are well on our way of bodily degeneration.

There are two distinctly different types of digestion: an acid digestion for proteins (meat, eggs, fish and cheese) and an alkaline digestion for carbohydrates (sugars and starches).

PROTEINS are digested in the stomach, by the gastric juice ( an acid reaction), consisting of hydrochloric acid and pepsin. The pepsin splits the protein only in an acid medium – therefore the stomach must be acid in order to digest protein.

CARBOHYDRATES are not digested in the stomach, but are digested largely in the small intestine, by amylase (pancreas secretions), which is alkaline. The amylase splits the starch only in an alkaline medium.

FATS leave the stomach unchanged and upon entering the small intestine, it causes the gall bladder to empty bile into the small intestine. Bile emulsifies the fat and releases fatty acids, which can neutralize alkaline secretions (carbohydrate digestion) in the small intestine, inhibiting the action of the amylase. Undigested carbohydrates will be left free to ferment and produce GAS.

RULES in combining foods:

  • RULE 1 – Do not combine pure fats (butter, cream, bacon fat) with high starches (potatoes, bread, rice, pasta, cereal, sweets) at the same meal. If you are having primarily carbohydrates at a meal, don’t eat any fats e.g. no potatoes with butter/sour cream; or no eggs/bacon with cereal/bread. It was discovered that if diabetics cut down the high fats in their diets, they could eat more carbohydrates without an increase in insulin (no increase of sugar in the urine). Primitive man did not eat fats with carbohydrates. The food had fat in the animal meat, but no fat was attached to any vegetable/carbohydrate food. As he evolved, he never needed to develop mechanisms to digest fats and starches at the same meal- and today, we still haven’t either. Two explorers conducted a study on themselves on an exclusive high protein and fat diet over a period of one full year and concluded: (a) it is possible for man to live for long periods on meat alone (b) no ill effects were recorded (c) the diet , in order to be adequate, had to contain large quantities of fat, some liver, and that lean meat alone was not tolerated (d) the tissues of one animal contain everything that is essential for another animal – in this case, man!. They showed no constipation, no gas and interestingly no increase in blood pressure!. The conclusion has proven that fats and proteins are an excellent combination. Fats, protein and acid go together!.
  • RULE 2 – Do not combine acids and carbohydrates. Don’t take buttermilk, yoghurt, orange juice, lemon juice, grapefruit or vinegar with sugars and high starches at the same meal e.g. orange juice with cereal/toast or other carbohydrates could cause indigestion, but taken with eggs and bacon only, produces no bad effects.
  • RULE 3 – Do not combine high proteins (meat, fish, eggs, cheese) with high starches (potatoes, cereals, breads, sweets) at the same meal. Sugars inhibit the secretion of hydrochloric acid and combine with free hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Both of these actions lessen the amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, interfering with the digestion of proteins, which must have that acid. Not only do the sugars interfere with the digestion of the proteins, but the proteins interfere with the digestion of the sugars, because the pancreas will need to produce so much more amylase to neutralize the extra acid, before it starts working on the sugar. When high proteins and high carbohydrates are mixed, there is not enough acid to digest the protein readily and too much acid to digest the starch readily. The bad effects of this abuse are not always immediately apparent. The young has an abundance of digestive juices, but improper food combination places an extra burden on our digestive system and when we reach mid adulthood, impaired digestion becomes evident. This increasing deficiency of food elements, leads to tissue degeneration and in time to serious diseases preventing us to have a full, long life of glowing health!.

A misleading fact is that all foods contain some starch and some protein elements. Meat does contain carbohydrates , but in another form – glycogen. This carbohydrate was eaten, metabolized and stored in the muscle of the animal, which requires very little digestion to make this sugar ready to be absorbed. Similarly, the negligible quantities of protein in starchy vegetables, presents none of the difficulties in digestion, that result from combining large quantities of high protein with high starches.

Herbivores (cow/sheep), eat only vegetable food, specialize in alkaline digestion with a large pouch (man has a tiny appendix) and chew (saliva is alkaline) and rechew their food (chewing the cud). Carnivores (lions/wild dogs) have specialized on alkaline digestion. They eat big pieces and chew it as little as possible. A study has shown, they digest big chunks of meat far better than ground meat. Meat-eating animals have no or a very small appendix – similar to man- which shows we fit with the meat-eating animals, rather than the herbivorous animals with their large pouches. Therefore, our inability to handle starches and sugar, stems from a physical point of view. When we eat meat, we should also chew it as little as possible; when we eat vegetable food, we should, like cows, chew it well and thoroughly!. A lot of people are calcium deficient, due to wrong food combinations and impaired digestion. Animals on the other hand have excellent teeth, strong bones and they take no calcium supplements!.

To summarize:

  • Do not combine high proteins (meat, eggs, fish, cheese) with high starches at one meal.
  • Do not combine pure fats (butter, cream, bacon) with high starches at one meal
  • Do not combine acids (vinegar, citrus juice, buttermilk) with high starches at one meal.
  • Eat fats freely with proteins and acid solutions.
  • Eat all kinds of meats, fish, eggs, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and carbohydrates, as the safest way to avoid deficiencies.

Get enough of each of the following essential nutritional elements:

  • Meat, fish, fowl (chicken) and eggs – one serving of each/two servings of one/day with butter or other fat.
  • Milk, buttermilk (yoghurt) or cheese – 2 glasses of raw organic milk (certified!) or buttermilk, or two ounces (56.6 grams) of cheese a day, or one serving of each.
  • Raw, low starch fruits and raw green and yellow vegetables – 2 servings/day, or one large salad bowl a day.
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of plain cod liver oil (equivalent capsules in other fish liver oils). Natural fats and oils are absolutely necessary in ample quantities for natural , healthy metabolism.
  • A carbohydrate eater , must supplement with yeast or other equivalent Vitamin B complex.

If you follow this regime for a month, with no cheating, you will experience a new feeling of well-being and full health!!

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