Want to eliminate bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn all while keeping the extra pounds far from bay…? I know, I know, what a ridiculous question, it certainly doesn’t take a psychic to know the answer is YES! Well, a little knowledge on avoiding the consumption of protein and starch combinations could rectify the previous nuisances just mentioned, and have you on your way to how your body was meant to function!
For those of you who are not aware of starch and protein combined foods as detrimental to your digestive system, then you are in store for some valuable information! One of the main reasons we can experience bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn and weight gain is the interference of alkaline digestion and acid digestion crossing paths. Alkaline digestion is strictly in regards to the breakdown of carbohydrates, while acid digestion deals with protein, cohering of the two digestions inhibits the system’s ability to properly function. This leaves food left to “ferment”, deferring the body from properly absorbing nutrients as well as the simple breakdown of all the food you consume, including nutritionist substances. Now you may be wondering, “Alkaline digestion and acid digestion crossing paths, so what’s the big deal?” Well alkaline digestion + acid digestion = decomposition! Yes, you heard correct or in laymen terms, this equation is an all so sweet way to say, the act of rotting food in your digestive system. Decomposing food in our systems can lead to a whole host of problems you could not even conceive.
We are all human which is really leading to the point, none of us are perfect. Protein and starched combined foods can be some of the yummiest dishes in the world but making a real effort to wean your diet away from these combinations or by following the “in moderation” rule will lead to real and beneficial results, TRUST! Below is the breakdown from drkaslow.com and puristat.com of “How to Drastically Decrease Bloating, Gas, Indigestion & Weight by Avoiding Protein & Starch Combinations”.
Alkaline and Acid Digestion
These are two distinctly different types of digestion: an acid digestion for proteins (meat, fish, eggs, and cheese) and an alkaline digestion for carbohydrates (sugars and starches).
All physiologists agree that proteins are digested largely in the stomach, by the gastric juice, which is acid in reaction. One of the most important constituents of the gastric juice is hydrochloric acid. Another important ingredient of gastric juice is pepsin, which splits protein only in an acid medium. In other words the stomach must be acid in order to digest protein.
Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are not digested in the stomach, but are digested largely in the small intestine, principally by the pancreas secretions, which are alkaline. One of the most important constituents of this process is amylase, which splits the starch only in an alkaline medium. On their way through the stomach to the small intestine, the carbohydrates not only inhibit the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach but also combine with some of the free hydrochloric acid there.
Fats follow a different course – they leave the stomach largely unchanged and upon entering the small intestine cause the gall bladder to empty bile into the small intestine. Bile emulsifies the fat and releases fatty acids, which can neutralize alkaline secretions in the small intestine. If these fatty acids are produced in the intestine while carbohydrates are being digested there, the alkaline secretions that are part of the carbohydrate digestion will be neutralized, and the action of the amylase will be inhibited. The undigested carbohydrates will be left free to ferment and produce gas.
Proteins and Starches – A Bad Combination for Good Digestion
by Jo Jordan
The way our bodies digest protein versus starches is fundamentally different; therefore you can’t consume both in the same meal and have great digestion.
According to food combining experts, one of the worst things we can do for our digestive system is combine starches and proteins in the same meal. That means the All-American meal of meat and potatoes is actually bad for us!
Why? Proteins and starches are two of the toughest food groups to digest, when combined – digestion gets even tougher. This can cause bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn and more.
When we do combine our foods properly, our bodies are able to fully digest what we eat. This allows us to get the most out of our meals, boost energy levels and ease digestion. The end result is less bloating, gas, heartburn, indigestion and a host of other digestive discomforts.
Many people have experienced this on a personal basis – and know of even more who have changed the way the feel in a matter of days, with basic food combining.
Unsuitable Digestive Environment
Proteins and starches both need a specific digestive environment in order to be digested well. Proteins digest the best when the acid levels of the stomach are higher. Starches digest best when the alkaline levels are higher.
When you ingest proteins and starches together the digestive environment is unable to get either acidic enough or alkaline enough to properly digest both food groups. When this occurs, neither the proteins nor the starches are absorbed well, which means you are not getting the necessary nutrients from either.
Improper absorption can lead to a number of different digestive and health problems such as; indigestion, bloating, gas, fatigue, high cholesterol, weight gain, and more.
Carbohydrates vs. Starches
Often time’s starches and carbohydrates are considered the same, however there is a distinct difference.
- A starch is a carbohydrate that has low or no water content; i.e. breads and potatoes.
- All starches are carbohydrates but not all carbohydrates are starches.
- Foods like fruit are considered a carbohydrate because of their high sugar content but they are not a starch because of their high water content.
- The higher the water content in food the easier it is to digest.
Before you can do your best to avoid protein and starch food combinations, you need to be able to identify which is which. In order to help, we have created two extra columns in our daily fiber chart. Look for a check mark in the protein or starch column to indicate which group it belongs to. If there is no check mark – the food is a vegetable and can be eaten with either a starch or a protein in the same meal.
Food Combining in Today’s World
Not combining proteins and starches is good in theory but it may seem like an overwhelming task. After-all, our meals usually consist of a protein, starch, and fruit or veggie. This leaves many asking what would a meal consist of?
The problem is most of us think eating three square meals a day with over-sized portions is eating healthy. In reality this makes it very difficult not to combine proteins and starches. Improper food combining and over eating make it hard for your digestive system to fully digest your meal. Undigested food is the root of our digestive ailments.
Instead of three “square” meals, we should be eating smaller portions five to six times a day. This allows you to work in both proteins and starches without combining the two, eat smaller portions, and limit your hunger pains. The end result is more complete digestion and fewer digestive problems.
While starch and protein combinations are at the top of the list as bad food combinations, they are not alone. There are other combinations that should also be avoided, but these require more effort.