In my last post, I touched on the pairing of foods that give healthier nutrition. Now, let’s look at some food pairings that can cause health problems. Some food should not be eaten together as they affect the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body.

1) Coffee and eggs

This is a common combination in most American breakfast. However, the polyphenol nutrients in coffee beans reduce the iron can calcium absorption from the eggs.

2) Milk with anything

Milk is a complete food, which requires digestion in its most concentrated form, that is, by itself. Here are some examples of food that should not go with milk:

  • Acidic fruits – Acids from the fruits curd milk protein and hinders digestion and absorption
  • Sugar – Lysine in milk can react with fructose from sugar to form a toxin called fructose-based-lysine, which is harmful to the body. So, do not add sugar to warm milk.
  • Chocolate – Oxalic acid in chocolate can react with the calcium from the milk and inhibit calcium absorption.
  • Medicine  – The milk can coat and cover the tablet medicine and the calcium, magnesium and minerals can react with the medicine.  This affects the absorption of calcium and minerals as well as reduces the efficacy of the medicine

3) Meat and Potatoes

This is a classic union in most western meals that makes for a tasty meal. Starch from potatoes is digested in the intestine, which is alkaline in pH, while protein from meat is digested in the stomach, which requires an acidic pH. Having both together will slow down digestion of protein and starch.

Instead of potato, have vegetable with meat such as creamy mash cauliflower.

4) Fruits and anything

Acids in fruits cause any other food to ferment in the stomach, which slows down digestion. Eat fruits by themselves and on an empty stomach to avoid digestion problem and gas.

5) Non-starchy vegetables and dairy

Chemicals from non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, kale, mustard greens and broccoli block the absorption of calcium from dairy.

Nutritional deficiencies may occur without proper meal planning. While protein and starch cannot be eaten together, so we usually chose one or the other. As a result, we often consume more starch or carbohydrates than protein, as starches tend to be more filling and satisfying.  Therefore, special care should be taken to ensure that proper nutrients are obtained from a wide variety of foods.

Do you have any other ideas what are the foods that should not be eaten together? Share with me in the comment box below.

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