It can be UNSAFE (or at least UNWISE) to mix food types - food groups - within the same meal with reckless abandon. Even some nutritionists and dieticians aren't aware of this.

To meet the digestive requireds of different types of foods, the digestive tract uses different secretions adjusting degrees of acidity and alkalinity; sequencing and timing come into play too, in a big way.

The TMK© Food Combining Mantra:

Fewer number of food types combined within a meal yields less chance of digestive conflict, inflammation, flatulance with better odds
of thorough nutrient absorption.


The best case scenario is eating ONE food type at a time, totally separated by a couple hours from another food type. Of course that's extreme. For a bad example in the other direction take fruit juice after stuffing down a baked potato with sour cream and butter; this is a very complex situation for your gut to deal with. It tries very hard to cope and manages to a minor degree, but repeated assaults like this take their toll in very dramatic ways ... usually later in life when all the organs are wearing out, you suddenly get an infection or virus and you're systemically weak. WHAM big hospital bills. Yes, you should be very scared, my friend. AND this is going to make building muscle and strengthening your immune system soooo much easier.

Different foods are digested differently. Starchy foods require an alkaline digestive medium which is supplied initially in the mouth by the enzyme ptyalin. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion-hydrochloric acid, but that does NOT mean it's preferred to combine fruit with flesh protein (pineapple chicken, orange glazed ham).

Any student of chemistry knows acids – yin foods and bases (alkalis) – yang foods neutralize each other when put together because they are opposites. If you eat a starch with a protein (i.e., pasta with meat sauce), digestion is impaired or completely arrested! The undigested food mass can cause digestive disorders. Undigested food becomes fodder for bacteria which ferment and decompose - the by-products are essentially poisonous. One major by-product is alcohol, a narcotic that destroys or inhibits nerve function. It plays havoc with nerves of the digestive tract, disturbing vital actions and often resulting in constipation! ("Food Combining Made Easy," Dr. Herbert M. Shelton)

Chart courtesy of Dr. Darrell L. Wolfe, Ac, PhD and The Wolfe Clinic

When acids are combined with starches (i.e., Mandarin orange slices in pastry, apples or raisins in a tossed green salad), the digestion of the starch is suspended. If breads or cereals or potatoes are eaten with berries or with citrus fruits, or with other acid-bearing foods, the digestion of these starches is delayed. If those words confuse you, just think "stuff putrefying in your stomach" when you mix food types irrationally. ("Hygienic Review," Dr. Herbert M. Shelton)

Protein and starches together is a mess! When protein hits your gut the enzyme pepsin is automatically secreted attempting to begin breaking down the fiber into usable elements. With starches in there too, complex carbs, digestion is inefficient, absorption inadequate.

What really works (and the author is real world proof) is SIMPLE FOOD COMBINING, that's how our ancestors HAD to eat (CAVEMAN CUISINE and TMK© PRINCIPLES) and that's how we're gentically wired. Please endeavor to go this route. You'll be amazing at the results.

RESOURCES/REFERENCE: "Alkalize or Die" Dr. Theodore A. Baroody; "The pH Miracle" Robert O. Young, PhD; "Your Body's Many Cries for Water" F. Batmanghelidj, MD;


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