Over indulgence, gluttony and greed are rife traits when it comes to eating in modern society. We all know the dangers and health risks of eating junk food yet we still stuff our faces with the ‘wrong things.’ We all think we know the risks, but do you REALLY know what to avoid? There are food combinations that can cause health risks in us. Our list is here to point out the top 9 harmful food combinations that you should be avoiding in your diet.
Fruit with your meal or afterwards.
Why? Fruit is absorbed very quickly, passing through the stomach and then absorbed in the intestines. When these fruits are combined with grains, meats or dried products- they can stay in the digestive tract too long and begin to ferment. This can cause damage to the walls of your intestine amongst other problems.
Animal protein and starch.
Why? According to Tara Aldar, (a top natural health coach and internal cleansing expert) ingesting animal proteins and carbohydrates at the same time can negate the effects of each macronutrient. The different digestive enzymes clash and can cause gas problems, discomfort and flatulence. Next time you go for a pot roast, be sure to keep this in mind!
Limes and cough medicine.
Why? According to Men’s Health magazine, limes can inhibit or block enzymes that break down cholesterol lowering statins. A well-known cough medication is dextromethorphan, this medication can build up in your blood stream if you fail to break down statins which will then increase unwanted side effects from the medication. Pharmacist Mary Ellen Gullickson Ph.D. says these side effects can include hallucinations and insomnia, so we suggest you avoid lime juice the next time you have a tickly throat and always check with your pharmacist for clear guidance on this matter.
Starchy carbs and tomatoes.
Why? Tomatoes are an acidic fruit and can cause problems when eaten at the same time as starch carbohydrates. Starchy carbs include rice or sweet potatoes. One runs the risk of causing indigestion, GERD and other digestion problems by doing this. It is also believed that after meal fatigue can be caused by eating tomatoes and starchy carbs at the same time.
Fruit and yoghurt.
Why? Combining fruit and dairy products can lead to a world of suffering. Dairy foods can be congestive, blocking sinuses, encouraging colds and worsening symptoms of allergies. When combined with fruit these symptoms can become even worse. A better option is a natural Greek yoghurt with no additional fruits.