FOOD COMBINING INFORMATION FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Sweet fruits, especially all dried fruits, are a concentrated source of energy in the form of fruit sugars (fructose) and they require unique digestion. Simple combinations are best; a few dried fruits as a snack are ideal. However, when combining other fruits, it is best to have apple or peach. Bananas are a concentrated food and should not be combined with any dried fruit but can be combined with apple, apricot, peach or pear. Do not combine dried fruits with nuts, peanuts or any other food group as poor digestion and gas may develop.
SUB ACID FRUITS
Sub acid fruits combine very well with one another and therefore a complete fruit salad can be made and be most nutritious. Obviously a few of the sub acid fruits would not be included due to their unfavourable taste combinations. Avocado on toast, or with a salad with olives, is good. Apples or peaches with almonds is an excellent, delicious simple snack. Papaya with banana is an excellent snack. Grapes are best eaten alone or just a few in fruit salad or muesli.
Simple combinations of acid fruits are excellent, such as orange, pineapple and mandarin. Or kiwifruit, strawberry, tangerine and pineapple. The tomato is an acid fruit and it is widely used in various combinations; however, these are not always nutritionally favourable. Ideally, tomato should not be combined with starches and may be replaced with red capsicum. Acid fruits do combine well with small portions of sub acid fruits, and combinations such as orange and almonds are good.
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Melons require no digestion in the stomach and are basically the simplest food to assimilate, due to their very high water content and very simple structure. Melons are best thought of as a drink and should not be eaten after a large meal, as fermentation and gas may develop. They are an ideal breakfast food.
LEAFY AND OTHER VEGETABLES
The variety of vegetables is abundant and this provides the widest range of very suitable food combinations. Fresh garden salads are optimum nutritionally and combine very well with all grains, or nuts and seeds, or animal proteins, or legumes. Ideally, fresh vegetables and cooked vegetables are not the best combination. Some vegetables mixed with dairy foods also combine very well. Ideally, you can combine any leafy vegetable with any single protein food or grain and legume meal for an excellent combination.
BRASSICA AND STARCH VEGETABLES
Brassica vegetables combine very well with leafy vegetables, simple meals such as pasta and rice, or with legumes. Starch vegetables should not be combined with nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and animal proteins. It is common for the starch vegetables to be combined with meat, fish, eggs or chicken but this is likely to complicate protein digestion, due to the different requirements of starch vegetables compared to proteins. It is best to eat most of the starch vegetables first. Starch vegetables combine fairly well with other cooked vegetables and dairy foods such as milk, cheese or yoghurt.
NOTE: All amounts in this blog are measured in milligrams (mg) per 100 grams, unless stated otherwise.