There are foods that go together really well in terms of taste, texture, and nutrition. And then there are those that on its own give some form of nutrition, but when paired with another certain food does not make the body’s systems happy. The reasons certain foods shouldn’t be taken together may be different for each case, such as nutrition incompatibility, digestion problems if taken together, or simply because the two will not make your body feel any better. Here are 8 food couples that will not be good taken together:
- Muffins and Juice
This sugar-packed combo offers a lot of calories and only small amounts of nutrition. Muffins are essentially small cakes with mixed-in additions such as chocolate chips, dried fruit or toppings like syrups and sprinkles. Most fruit juices in the market contain minute amounts of real juice per glass, and are filled with added sweeteners that do not help the body in any way except for giving it a sugar kick. Both of these taken together will definitely give you energy, but only for a short period of time, after which you will feel sluggish and cranky and ready for some more sugar to satisfy the cravings that come after too much sugar consumption.
- Fruit during or after a meal
According to Ayurveda, fruits should be eaten alone at least half an hour before a meal is consumed, and on an empty stomach. This allows the body to be ready for the other food to come. It is supposed to make the gut more capable of taking in the nutrition that comes from the other types of food, so it should be taken in first. When fruit is taken during or after a meal, it puts into chaos the digestion process by staying too long in the stomach and fermenting. This is the case especially for sweet fruits, which acts like a sugar, according to Alder. When planning to take in fruits after a meal, make sure there is at least a 3-hour gap between the last meal and the fruits, so as to make sure that the meal has passed the stomach.
- Two concentrated protein sources in a meal
Protein to protein pairings requires the body to expend a lot of energy during digestion, and is therefore not recommended. The body will take a lot of time to breakdown the combo and depletes energy stores. Meat and other protein sources are to be taken at the end of any meal, as the digestive system is already fired up and ready to take in and digest protein properly.
- Tomato and starchy food
When starchy carbohydrates and tomatoes are eaten together, fatigue may be felt as the foods do not mix well, and indigestion may occur. There is also a risk of causing GERD when pairing these two foods, making it especially risky for those who already have digestive tract problems. This is partly due to the tomato’s acidity combining with the starch from rice or pasta.
- Cereal with milk, and orange juice
Acidic fruit juice, or fruits in general, are generally not to be taken in any meal, especially ones that contain dairy. In this case, the usual breakfast combo of orange juice and cereal with milk can lead to the formation of mucus due to the interaction of the acid curdling the milk. The acid in the fruit juice also brings about the destruction of the enzymes that digest the cereal.
- Starch with Animal Protein
The reason why meat and potatoes shouldn’t be taken in together is because of the reaction of the different digestive enzymes in the stomach. The pairing nullifies the efficiency of the nutrient absorption of the body due to putrefaction and fermentation processes resulting to abdominal distention and production of gas. An alternative to the protein-starch pairing is combining non-starchy greens with animal protein or adding leafy vegetables to the meal.
- Burger and Fries
This is hard to believe, with these two being paired on a plate in a lot of fast food meals in most countries. Fried food on more fried food is a deadly combo that won’t be settling your stomach anytime soon after consumption, and the oils that both food contain can lead to increase in triglyceride levels that will affect your arteries in the long run. Aside from that, the combination of the starch and protein will lead to stomach discomfort and flatulence, according to Tara Aldar (a natural health coach).
- Milk and Bananas
The combination of milk with sweet fruits, like bananas, can lead to gas, bloating, and abdominal discomfort due to certain disruptions in the process of digestion. This is partly due to the fermentation process that sweet fruits cause, especially when there are other types of food in the gastrointestinal tract, like dairy in this case. The result of incompletely digested food is sluggishness and poor appetite a long time after the food has been consumed. Fruits should be taken only with other fruits so that they can pass through the gut smoothly and without disrupting any other digestion processes required when consuming another type of food.