There are some food combinations that we all want to eat. There are some very popular and tasty food combinations but very bad for our health.
Do you often have problems in digesting a meal? If you have ever wondered about the reason, it is probably because you eat foods that should never be combined.
This causes problems in digestion which sets in motion a sort of chain reaction. You probably have painful gas, heartburn, and an upset stomach. As if that was not bad enough, you are not getting the full benefits of proper nutrition because of faulty digestion.
10 Food Combinations That Are Bad For Your Helth
Sandwich And Coffee
When there is no time, a quick breakfast on the go is a common solution. Say hello to cheese sandwiches and coffee, and say goodbye to all the healthy properties of cheese. The simple carbs in bread prevent calcium from being digested properly and bringing help to your nervous and cardiovascular systems. Moreover, if you add instant coffee, there will be no benefit to your health at all.
Tip: If you love cheese sandwiches, then at least try to replace coffee with white or green tea.
Tomatoes And Cucumbers
This is a very popular combination for a summer salad. However, the latest research shows that combining these 2 vegetables can disturb the biochemical pathways of your body. This can lead to excessive calcination and swelling, and the vitamins contained in both vegetables won’t be digested properly.
Tip: Eat tomatoes and cucumbers separately. For example, today you can make a salad with tomatoes and greens, and tomorrow — a salad with cucumbers.
Potatoe And Meat
Who can resist a steak with fries? Unfortunately, this is a very heavy food combination. The starch contained in potatoes demands alkalotic digestive fluids, and the proteins from meat demand acidic ones. When together, they just get stuck inside your stomach and can bring such disorders as heartburn, belching, gas, and many others.
Tip: As a side dish to meat, choose nonstarchy vegetables — asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, or zucchini.
Pasta and Minced Meat
The same reasoning applies to minced meat with pasta. The salivary glands produce ptyalin and amylase, which transform the starch carbs (pasta) into simple sugars. When simple sugars cover proteins (meat), they create a dangerous chemical mixture that can lead to diabetes and CVDs.
Tip: It is better to eat pasta as a separate dish. Try to choose pasta made of durum wheat, and combine it with herb sauces.
Beer and Nuts
This is one of the most popular combinations of our college days. Everyone loves to eat salty nuts when drinking beer. However, high-salt foods are not only unhealthy by themselves but also lead to dehydration and increase the likelihood of having another pint of beer.
Tip: When drinking any alcohol, keep water or soda at hand to avoid dehydration.
Dairy and Pineapple
Sour fruits make your digestion work slower, especially in the morning. Besides, pineapple contains bromelain, an enzymic complex which can cause intoxication when combined with dairy products.
Tip: Add dry apricots or plums instead of pineapple.
Milk and Banana
This food couple has become very popular among followers of a healthy lifestyle because it’s nourishing and fast to prepare. However, some nutritionists believe that fruits, especially sweet ones, should be consumed separately. They stay inside the body for longer, slowing down the digestion system, especially when eaten with other foods. As for milk, it is also more healthy to drink it separately.
Tip: Use bananas as snacks between major meals.
Tuna and Mayonnaise
If you read Donna Gates’ book, The Body Ecology Diet, she warns against combining fatty foods with protein. The reason is that fats require bile salts from the gallbladder to be broken down. When protein, such as tuna is added, the digestive system is under greater stress.
Water with food at mealtimes
Now we are having a go at the water! What next? Drinking water before a meal is a much better idea. There is a simple reason for this. If you are drinking while eating, precious enzymes for your digestion are diluted and they are not nearly as effective.
Bacon and Eggs
The problem with two proteins together is that it takes ages to digest them. Compare these with fruit which takes about half an hour. Meat and fish can take up to three hours! That is why having two protein sources in the same meal is not a good idea.
Conclusion: Remember these food combinations that are bad for your health and try to avoid them next time.