Something I have been thinking about for a while. I noticed the habit in North American restaurants etc of serving a 'salad' course first. why do you think this is? I have always thought that for better digestion it is better to eat protein first as the stomach acids need to be strong in order to break it down, the water content of salads and veggies would dilute the acids and enzymes. which is why its suggested not to drink liquids just before, during or just after eating. so why would you eat the watery food first?
I wonder in part if this habit can be thrown in with generally unhealthy eating practices and contributes to leaky gut and the epidemic of constipation going by ads for digestive aids?