Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Health


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Improper food combining is one of the primary factors causing gas, flatulence, heartburn and upset stomach. It is best to avoid combining fish and milk, proteins and starches, different kinds of proteins, milk and any other food, fruits and any other food, freshly cooked and stored or reprocessed food and cold water with meals.

Bad Food Combinations To Avoid

Food combining focuses on the way you combine foods at each meal. Some food combinations are easy to digest. They are quickly broken down, and the nutrients are thoroughly assimilated. Other food combinations can be a digestive disaster. Improper food combining is one of the primary factors causing gas, flatulence, heartburn and upset stomach.

Ayurveda’s Take On Food Combinations

According to Ayurveda, every food has its own taste (rasa), a heating or cooling energy (virya) and a post-digestive effect (vipaka). Any food consumed that affects the balance of the three doshas is termed as Viruddha aharam or incompatible food. An individual’s agni (digestive fire) largely determines how well or poorly food is digested [1].

According to Charaka Samhita, antagonistic (viruddha) substances behave contrary to “deha-dhatus” (the body tissues). This antagonism may be due to properties of the substances themselves, combination, processing, place, time, dose etc. or natural composition.

Bad food combinations can cause reactions and should be avoided. For example,  according to Ayurveda, fish with milk is not recommended because milk has shita (cold) virya (energy) and fish has usna (hot) virya. The result is “viruddhavirya” (antagonistic in terms of virya); it vitiates blood and creates obstruction in channels.

Let’s have a look at other bad food combinations that are best avoided.

[Read: The 3 Foods You Should Never Eat For A Healthy Life]

Food Combinations To Avoid

Starches with Proteins

Proteins and starches should not be taken at the same meal, as they neutralize each other and prevent proper digestion of either food. For example, lasagna or grilled cheese sandwich can make you feel bloated.

Proteins with Acidic or Sour Foods

Fruit acids interfere in gastric digestion of proteins either by destroying pepsin or by inhibiting hydrochloric acid secretion. For example, avoid eating tomatoes or oranges with meat or eggs.

Different kinds of Proteins

Two proteins of different characters and different compositions call for different digestive secretions and different timings of secretions in order to digest them efficiently. For example, cheese and meat omelette is a big no. Instead choose veggie omelette as one protein per meal is easier to digest.

Milk with any other Food

Milk should be taken alone. Milk is a complete and concentrated food in itself. It requires full digestive process of its own kind. No other concentrated food like meat, eggs, cereals, pulses, nuts, roots or fruits should be eaten with it. Combination of milk with other foods is one of the major causes of indigestion.

  • Avoid consuming milk after eating radish, garlic and tulasi.
  • Avoid milk combined with any sour substance, especially fruits.

Tea, Coffee, Alcohol and Soft Drinks with Solid Foods

These beverages severely restrict proper gastric secretions and hinder normal digestion. Avoid tea or coffee with breakfast or any solid meal. Any liquid in your stomach dilutes the enzymes your body needs to digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Cold Water with Cooked Food

Freshly cooked food (warm food) is easily digested by the body. Cold water inhibits Agni (digestive fire) and leads to inefficient, incomplete digestion; at the least, the body has to work much harder to digest the food.

Fruits with any other Food

Whole fruits (with fiber) quickly move to the intestine where they are digested and absorbed fully. Fruits mixed with other food creates a sour “wine” in the stomach which hinders digestion.

Freshly Cooked Food with Stored/ Refrigerated/ Reheated Food

Cooked food undergoes changes over time, even if its Food Combinations To Avoid For Better Healthstored in a cool environment. Reheating further changes its characteristics. Combining food at different stages of cooking makes it difficult for the body to digest.

Meat with Jaggery/Honey

Avoid taking meat with honey, jaggery, radish, lotus stalk, milk black gram and germinated grains.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Cora Sipe
Cora Sipe 5pts

I grew up drinking raw milk and never got sick.

Krishna Markanda
Krishna Markanda 5pts

Sorry...1 month late...my wife sufferred from'salmonela'same symptoms and had to be carried to hospital at 2 am,very rainy night,...well she ate a piece of a well known quick food ...fried chicken.And they have the guts to say that their fried chicken are made from the best chicken!

Tess Nielson
Tess Nielson 5pts

Goes to show why vegan diets are so much healthier.

Sarah Phelps
Sarah Phelps 5pts

interesting, always studying about foods watching my diet

Maegpp Lahtill
Maegpp Lahtill 5pts

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Rangani Talagala
Rangani Talagala 5pts

Oya ahapu Hama parsnayktama waga mama utthara sapayala tiyanna.mama ahana aka katawat uttara nahana.aiyo badagini Mara vidiyata.ma nisa tamai gas hadanna baday.enna poddak mama ennm.

Sorin Muntean
Sorin Muntean 5pts

Ai cautat articolul dupa ce ai avut anumite simtomuri? Nu-mi spune!

Karen Antcliff-Vale
Karen Antcliff-Vale 5pts

These are rules that MUST be followed for good digestion and good health. Not following will lead to disease down the road. Most diseases can be cured/prevented by good diet.

Marie Savu
Marie Savu 5pts

f you eat out eat only hot soups

Marie Savu
Marie Savu 5pts

all must be very clean your hands toooooo

Ayurveda 5pts

Yes should not be practiced! :)

Sajjidah Usman
Sajjidah Usman 5pts

Cereals without milk???? Then with what water???

Tara White
Tara White 5pts

My love tells me this. We are vegan...he says don't eat fruit & veggies at the same time....It's bad. I need to listen to him.