Rules for Proper Food Combining
Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Reprinted from Dr. Shelton's
are sound physiological reasons for eating foods in compatible combinations. In
other words, some foods, if mixed in the digestive system, will cause distress!
of food combining are dictated by digestive chemistry. Different foods are digested
foods require an alkaline digestive medium which is supplied initially in the
mouth by the enzyme ptyalin;
foods require an acid medium for digestion- hydrochloric acid.
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
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
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.
Nine Basic Rules of Proper Food Combining:
Eat acids and starches at separate meals. Acids neutralize the alkaline medium
required for starch digestion and the result is fermentation and indigestion.
Eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at separate meals. Protein foods require
an acid medium for digestion.
Eat but one kind of protein food at a meal.
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.
Eat fats and proteins at separate meals. Some foods, especially nuts, are over
50% fat and require hours for digestion.
Eat sugars (fruits) and proteins at separate meals.
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
Eat melons alone. They combine with almost no other food.
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.
Foods to Eat
Carob, Date, Fig, Prune, Raisins, Dried fruit, Persimmon, Mango, Papaya, Sapote
Apple, Apricot, Blackberry, Cherimoya, Cherry, Elderberry, Gooseberry,
Grape, Huckleberry, Nectarine, Peach, Pear, Plum, Quince, Raspberry, Sapodilla
Currant, Grapefruit, Guava, Kumquat, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Loganberry,
Pineapple, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Tamarind, Tangerine, Tomato
melon, Cantaloupe, Casaba, Christmas melon, Persian melon, Crenshaw melon, Watermelon,
Honeydew melon, Muskmelon, Nutmeg melon
Cashew nuts, Hazel nuts, Hickory nuts, Lentils, Peanuts, Gooseberry, Avocados,
Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachio nuts, Soy beans, Walnuts, Sunflower seeds, Coconuts
Bean (lima)*, Beets, Chestnut, Carrots, Corn, Hubbard squash, Jerusalem artichoke,
Peanuts*, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Yam
Peanuts, lentils, beans, and all cereals are considered as protein and starch
Bamboo shoots, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Romaine, Cabbage,
Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce:
Boston, Bibb, Leaf, Romaine, etc., Okra, Parsnip, Pepper (sweet), Rutabaga, Sorrel,
Sprouts: Mung bean, alfalfa, wheat, barley, etc., Squash (ex. starchy), Turnip.
from Chet: Try food combining if you're suffering from digestive problems.
This natural technique has helped tens of thousands of health seekers over the
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