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    Food Combining and Separation

    Someone just referred to this in another thread about blueberries and milk
    Blueberries and Milk Don’t Mix: Study | All Star Health

    Which is a pity as they go so well with dairy. And someone suggests that maybe other issues with antioxidants from fruit and veg being neutralized by proteins. Not at all surprising (and I suspect most fruit would have been munched while picking randomly during the day, not eaten with cooked meat anyway.)

    So anyway - any other good tips on food combining for maximised nutrition? Like, I'm not going to obsess over it, but might as well get the most out of things.
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    Personally, I have never understood the logic behind the food combining thing. When you look at it logically every food on earth contains more than one macronutrient (protein,carbs,fat). If you look into in, fruit and vegetables actually contain protein, obviously not nearly as much as a slab of beef, but they still contain trace/small amounts. Things like nuts/dairy etc are a mixture of all 3 macronutrients. Technically if we couldn't digest certain macronutrients with others, we would more than likely have nothing to eat at all!

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    Interesting. A solution for many people here would be to júst use coconut milk which is very low in protein.

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    The idea of food combining is not a Primal or Paleo concept.

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    Interesting article.

    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan View Post
    The idea of food combining is not a Primal or Paleo concept.
    It is also not based on scientific evidence. While certain aspects of the whole theory is valid (i.e., we know certain foods when combine with others enhanced the digestion of particular nutrients-->take the fact that fats added to salads enhanced the bio-availability of fat-soluble vitamins present in the salad), the rest of what the theory states (do not combine fat sources with proteins, or don't combine two different protein sources etc) are myths. There are numerous articles online debunking this late 20th century myth.

    The whole idea is ridiculous considering the bodies' digestive process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zed View Post
    the rest of what the theory states

    what theory? It's not a monolithic theory, - maybe you're talking about some trendy diet thing from ages ago, I don't know - I'm talking about what we know right now about how foods interact. Have you got some research to share?
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    Quote Originally Posted by geekgrrl View Post
    what theory? It's not a monolithic theory, - maybe you're talking about some trendy diet thing from ages ago, I don't know - I'm talking about what we know right now about how foods interact. Have you got some research to share?
    I am talking about the diet theory of Dr. William Howard Hay started in 1911, which basically states that one can not digest two different protein sources at the same time (i.e., eggs+bacon) or any fat source (oil, butter, etc) combine with a protein source, etc, etc, because the body will not be able secret enzymes needed to digest them sufficiently when combined, etc, etc,. This is just one view within "food combining" realm which basically is the idea that certain foods combine with each offers either a negative or positive impact (I don't deny this by the way).
    Last edited by Zed; 03-17-2011 at 04:14 PM.

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    If you look into in, fruit and vegetables actually contain protein, obviously not nearly as much as a slab of beef, but they still contain trace/small amounts. Things like nuts/dairy etc are a mixture of all 3 macronutrients. Technically if we couldn't digest certain macronutrients with others,

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    I think its important-

    Trophology, the science of correct food combining, isn't some fad. It dates back to the Toaists and I'm sure many other ancient philosophies of health and well being. Its all to do with basic 'acid alkaline balance' or 'pH'. When we combine certain foods we can alter the environment of the digestive system so that the digestive process is hindered or is no longer optimal. This causes putrification and fermentation of foods in the gut, puts toxins into the bloodstream, gas bloating... well..general distress to the digestive process. I guess any one who is on this site, is striving for optimal health, so if its Paleo or not, I would say its beneficial to know. Depending on how sensitive your digestion and how poor your food choices may have been in the past will depend on how crucial it may be for you to engage these ideas.
    The book "the Toa of Health Sex and Longevity" by Daniel Reid has a great chapter which explains how this works.

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    This isn't about "food combining" though, as in some person came up with the idea that fat and carbs or meat and nuts or w/e don't digest properly when consumed together. This is a study showing that the antioxidants present in blueberries bind to milk proteins and don't offer any benefit. Whether it is a paleo concept or not doesn't mean anything.

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