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Faulty food combos you should avoid

Nutritionist Elizabeth Montgomery gives an overview on why these food combinations hinder ­digestion, and which food ­combinations one should opt for, reports

health-and-fitness Updated: Mar 04, 2014 20:42 IST
Hindustan Times

Fruit with porridge in the morning or a dairy smoothie for breakfast have for long been considered a healthy and nutritious breakfast, but such items can cause indigestion. Nutritionist Elizabeth Montgomery gives an overview on why these food combinations hinder ­digestion, and which food ­combinations one should opt for, reports

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Animal protein and carbohydrates
Different enzymes are required to break down these very different foods. When eaten together, the foods do not get properly digested. That leads to indigestion, ­fermentation and putrefaction in digestive tract.

Fruit with carbohydrates
Many people think that adding fruit to porridge is a healthy breakfast option. However, it will only hinder the digestive process. It’s better to always eat fruit on an empty stomach and ideally early in the ­morning.

Dairy with fruit
The problem is that yogurt is an animal ­protein and when mixed with fruit, it can cause inadequate digestion, which leads to ­acidity, and fermentation in the GI tract.

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Avoid drinking with meals
Avoid drinking large amounts of any fluid with meals as it hinders the ­digestive process. Stop drinking 30 minutes before food intake and wait two hours after eating before drinking water, to ensure ­adequate digestion.ians

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Useful food combinations:

1Carbohydrates and vegetables such as brown rice and vegetables.

2 Animal protein and non-starchy vegetables make for easy digestion, which will enhance one’s ability to breakdown the nutrients and eliminate efficiently. Prawns on a bed of green leaves, with cucumber and fennel or grilled fish with lightly steamed green beans.

3 A bowl of seasonal fruit salad first thing in the ­morning. This is a gentle way to wake up the system.

4 Avocados combine well with either vegetables or fruits. This semi-tropical fruit also works well in green ­smoothies and makes a great dairy replacement.Read: Eat your way to good health

5 Drinking vitamin C-rich orange juice, while eating a bowl of real oatmeal, cleans your arteries and prevents heart attacks.

6 Aim to ingest denser proteins, especially animal-based ones earlier in the day to ensure adequate digestion.