The idea of compatibility and incompatibility of products is the basis of separate nutrition. The American naturopath Herbert Shelton is recognized as the founding father of this system. Let’s take a closer look at which foods are best combined with each other and are easier to digest by our stomach.
G. Shelton wrote the book “The Right Combination of Foods”, where he popularly outlined his theory. Its essence is that the conditions for the digestion of different products vary significantly. When eating one type of food, one group of enzymes is released that are most effectively involved in the digestion process. When combining products, a combination of enzymes with different exposure conditions is necessary. Their joint activity is reduced, as is the quality of food digestion.
According to G. Shelton’s theory, the following combinations should be avoided:
two protein products (meat with cheese);
milk with other food;
carbohydrates with proteins (porridge with meat or bread with meat).
The theory of separate nutrition distinguishes between the hours of taking solid food and liquids, defending the opinion that by combining them, a person dilutes gastric juice, slowing down and thereby worsening the digestion process.
A good example, according to the theory, are animals that consume water and food separately. They are natural, they are part of nature, with which a person has long broken the harmonious relationship, and therefore does not feel its nuances, does not feel its warnings, does not follow its examples.
The theory of separate nutrition has its supporters, because it echoes dietary recommendations. On the other hand, its postulates are easily refuted by the universality of the body’s digestive system. For thousands of years, mankind has been eating mixed foods, to which pancreatic enzymes are adapted.
The separate use of solid food and water (liquid) is a purely individual matter, as well as their joint intake. The stomach is able to cope with any task. After all, hydrochloric acid of the stomach is not constantly present in its cavity, but is produced by cells in response to a certain composition of food. If you like to drink food, then hydrochloric acid will be released as much as the food mass that fills your stomach requires.
The theory of separate nutrition is closely related to dietary recommendations and traditional food combinations. What has been tested by time is not a discovery. It is not worth reinventing the wheel where indisputable facts have long existed. Indeed, the combination of meat and vegetables is easier to digest than meat with porridge or pasta. But the reason is not in enzymes, but in the nutritional composition of these products.
Vegetables contain high amounts of fiber, which initially creates volume and a feeling of satiety. But fiber is not absorbed by the body, quickly passing through the intestines with a “brush”. Therefore, the digestion process will not be long. While grains are not as high in fiber, they take longer to digest, which delays the feeling of fullness in the stomach. But long-term saturation has its “pluses”, suppressing the feeling of hunger and reducing appetite. Therefore, a hearty meal is indicated for those who are associated with physical exertion or increased mental stress.
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Source: Home Doctor magazine
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