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Food Combining

Check this out and you may be a little surprised:

Principles of
Combining Foods Properly

By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Reprinted from Dr. Shelton’s Hygienic Review

There are sound physiological reasons for eating foods in compatible combinations. In other words, some foods, if mixed in the digestive system, will cause distress! The principles of food combining are dictated by digestive chemistry. 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.

As any student of chemistry will assure you, acids and bases (alkalis) neutralize each other. If you eat a starch with a protein, digestion is impaired or completely arrested! The undigested food mass can cause various kinds of digestive disorders. Undigested food becomes soil for bacteria which ferment and decompose it. Its by products are poisonous, one of which, alcohol, is a narcotic that destroys or inhibits nerve function. It plays havoc with nerves of the digestive tract, suspending their vital action such that constipation may well be a result! As set forth in Dr. Herbert Shelton’s FOOD COMBINING MADE EASY these are the salient rules for proper food combining.

The Basic Rules of Proper Food Combining:

  1. Eat acids and starches at separate meals. Acids neutralize the alkaline medium required for starch digestion and the result is fermentation and indigestion.

  2. Eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at separate meals. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion.

  3. Eat but one kind of protein food at a meal.

  4. Eat proteins and acid foods at separate meals. The acids of acid foods inhibit the secretion of the digestive acids required for protein digestion. Undigested protein putrefies in bacterial decomposition and produces some potent poisons.

  5. Eat fats and proteins at separate meals. Some foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and require hours for digestion.

  6. Eat sugars (fruits) and proteins at separate meals.

  7. Eat sugars (fruits) and starchy foods at separate meals. Fruits undergo no digestion in the stomach and are held up if eaten with foods that require digestion in the stomach.

  8. Eat melons alone. They combine with almost no other food.

  9. Desert the desserts. Eaten on top of meals they lie heavy on the stomach, requiring no digestion there, and ferment. Bacteria turn them into alcohols and vinegars and acetic acids.

i tihnk thats probably true. personally i think the healthiest way to go is fasting and eating very simple meals.

So…

Is that saying to consume protein on an empty stomach?

Basically eat carbs fats and proteins entirely spread apart.

It’d be interesting to try it based on 2 hour cycles

High Carb
High Protein
High Fat

Repeat?

I don’t know if i buy it.

Interesting…

… but, can’t say that its exactly true.

Does everyone get distress when eating P+C, and/or P+F ie Massive Eating style?

I certainly dont… and I certainly don’t get constipation!!!

We need DR JB here!

eat melons alone as the combine with almost no other food?

glad thats been cleared up. fuckin melon induced distress has been ruining my life

[quote]Rich Hand wrote:
Check this out and you may be a little surprised:

Principles of
Combining Foods Properly

By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Reprinted from Dr. Shelton’s Hygienic Review

There are sound physiological reasons for eating foods in compatible combinations. In other words, some foods, if mixed in the digestive system, will cause distress! The principles of food combining are dictated by digestive chemistry. 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.

As any student of chemistry will assure you, acids and bases (alkalis) neutralize each other. If you eat a starch with a protein, digestion is impaired or completely arrested! The undigested food mass can cause various kinds of digestive disorders. Undigested food becomes soil for bacteria which ferment and decompose it. Its by products are poisonous, one of which, alcohol, is a narcotic that destroys or inhibits nerve function. It plays havoc with nerves of the digestive tract, suspending their vital action such that constipation may well be a result! As set forth in Dr. Herbert Shelton’s FOOD COMBINING MADE EASY these are the salient rules for proper food combining.

The Basic Rules of Proper Food Combining:

  1. Eat acids and starches at separate meals. Acids neutralize the alkaline medium required for starch digestion and the result is fermentation and indigestion.

  2. Eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at separate meals. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion.

  3. Eat but one kind of protein food at a meal.

  4. Eat proteins and acid foods at separate meals. The acids of acid foods inhibit the secretion of the digestive acids required for protein digestion. Undigested protein putrefies in bacterial decomposition and produces some potent poisons.

  5. Eat fats and proteins at separate meals. Some foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and require hours for digestion.

  6. Eat sugars (fruits) and proteins at separate meals.

  7. Eat sugars (fruits) and starchy foods at separate meals. Fruits undergo no digestion in the stomach and are held up if eaten with foods that require digestion in the stomach.

  8. Eat melons alone. They combine with almost no other food.

  9. Desert the desserts. Eaten on top of meals they lie heavy on the stomach, requiring no digestion there, and ferment. Bacteria turn them into alcohols and vinegars and acetic acids.

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Ha ha what a bunch of crap!

[quote]ZEB wrote:
Rich Hand wrote:
Ha ha what a bunch of crap!

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Agreed. What is Dr. Shelton a doctor of?

Oh no! All the crazy health sites have been telling me to eat yogurt for the bacteria, turns out this was wrong all along!

Eating protein will cause your blood chemistry to be more acidic than eating vegetables will. At least that’s what “they” say.

But eating protein sure as hell does not cause your MOUTH to become more acidic!

And how the hell does the author explain how to get those carbs to bypass that big vat of acid called the stomach?

Oh, and yeast ferments sugar, not bacteria.

Our digestive track contains a combination of enzymes that digest carbs and protein in acidic and alkaine mediums.

Secondly, an "alkaine vegetible is sure as hell not going to neutralize the acidic enviroment that is our stomach. Once the partially digested food leaves our duodenum as chyme it has already been neutralized by bile from our gull bladder.

(OH NO THE PROTEINS WONT BE DIGESTED@E@)

Similiarily if bile can neutralize the HCL in our stomach juices it sure as hell can buffer the AA’s from the protein we consume.

About the only digestive process that relies on one enzyme is fat digestion. This is the reason you can take a supplement that essentially makes you poop out some the fat you eat(I forget the name of the compound).

These guys really are idiots.