Food combinations are much more important than we think. And, they can greatly influence our health and our weight. We can notice a great improvement with some simple changes, since it is not about eating less, but rather eating better.
Discover why these 7 unadvisable combinations of foods are as or more important than the choice of what we eat.
Why should we learn how to combine?
If we follow these guidelines in terms of food combinations, we can obtain the following benefits:
- Digestion that is quicker and without annoyances such as heartburn, gas or flatulence.
- Less fatigue after eating and more energy.
- Greater ease in getting our weight in check, whether we want to gain weight or lose weight.
- Better intestinal function.
In the long term, we can also improve other chronic disorders.
Unhealthy food combinations
It is ideal to avoid combining too many foods in the same meal as much as possible. For this reason, banquets in which different types of food are consumed, and worse, in excess, are usually very harmful.
Below, we will go over the combinations of foods that harm our health the most.
1. Melon and watermelon
These fruits, which are often eaten as a dessert or even with salty foods, are very harmful when mixed with any food.
They are rich in water and fiber and, although they contain a large amount of vitamins and minerals, they have a cold nature that forces us to eat them on an empty stomach and separately.
- The best time to consume one or the other is when fasting, mid-morning or mid-afternoon, separate from any other food and even water.
2. Protein and starches
One of the most harmful food combinations, since they slow down digestion and make us gain weight, is the mixture of proteins and starches.
- Protein: Meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy, legumes, nuts and seeds.
- Starch: Cereals and foods made with flour (pasta, bread, sweets), potatoes, rice, vegetables rich in cooked starch (pumpkin, carrots, yams, beets, artichokes), corn, peas.
The typical mixture of meat with potatoes and other similar dishes, although they are common on any menu, are not the healthiest option. It would be ideal to accompany any plate of protein or starch with a serving of salad or raw vegetables.
3. Milk and dairy products
Considered a different type of protein from the rest, milk should not be combined with any other food. If we do not have problems digesting it, we will always drink it alone.
- On the other hand, dairy products such as yogurt or cheese should not be eaten with starches.
- There is also a bad, though very common, combination, which is yogurt sweetened with sugar.
4. Fruit during meals
The habit of eating fruit for dessert is not as healthy as we think, especially if we have consumed starches. By doing it in this way, the sugar in the fruit ferments in our stomach and hinders digestion.
- We can make an exception, if we consume meat or fish along with salad (without potatoes or other starches). In this case, we could accompany the protein with pineapple or papaya, two tropical fruits rich in enzymes that facilitate the digestive process.
- For the same reason, we should always avoid juices (which even contain more sugar) during meals.
5. Different types of protein
A serving of protein per meal is enough to follow a balanced diet. For this reason, it is not advisable to mix different types, such as meat with vegetables.
Each food has its characteristics, which activate different digestive functions. By mixing them, we make these natural processes difficult.
6. Vegetables do not blend well with everything
Vegetables combine well with most foods. However, there are some exceptions:
- Sweet fruit
- Watermelon and melon
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7. Water during a meal
Every day, we should drink between 1 and 2 liters of water. However, many people who try to comply with this habit do so incorrectly, as they often drink too much during meals or right after.
This causes heaviness and swelling when the water is mixed with gastric juices and food.
The ideal way is to always drink on an empty stomach: when fasting, mid-morning and mid-afternoon.