Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Food Combining in a Nutshell

The digestive enzymes of the human digestive tract have well defined limitations and are created to work only upon specific food types. When we eat in a manner that overrides their capabilities, we set the stage for poor and incomplete digestion (fermentation and putrefaction). Eating in a way that respects these limitations ensures the best possible digestion of our meal and so maximum nutrition is achieved.

Below is a chart that you can use to help organise your meals with and avoid the pitfalls of incorrectly combining foods that do not digest well together. The chart details:

  • The different food types
  • What they combine with
  • What they don’t combine with
  • Approximate time taken to fully digest

Food Type
Combine well with
Avoid Combining with
Time to digest

Nuts, seeds, olives, avocadoes, legumes, soy.

Non-starchy vegetables

Acid fruits

Eat as a last meal of the day.
Starches, sweet fruits, melons, fats, other proteins (i.e. combining nuts and olives, or nuts and avocadoes).
3+ hours, if well-combined.

Nuts, seeds, oils, coconut flesh, olives, and avocadoes.
Non-starchy vegetables

Average combination with acidic fruits.

Eat as a last meal of the day
Other fats (i.e. combining nuts and avocadoes, or seeds with olives), protein, melons, sweet fruits.
3+ hours, if well-combined.

Potatoes, chestnuts, pumpkins and squashes,  sweet corn, artichokes, grains and cereals.

Non-starchy vegetables

Acid fruits, protein, sweet fruits
3+ hours
Non-starchy vegetables:

Mainly green leafy vegetables like spinach, celery, lettuce, kale, parsley, etc.

All food types
30-45 Minutes
Sweet Fruits:

Persimmon, banana, date, fig, mango, papaya, sweet grapes,  cherimoya.
Non-starchy vegetables

Sub-acidic fruits
Starches, protein, fat, acid fruits, melons
30-45 Minutes
Sub Acid Fruits:

Apricot, apple, nectarine, peach, pear
Sweet and acid fruits

Non-starchy vegetables

Average combination with proteins
Proteins, starches, fat, melons
30-45 Minutes
Acid fruits:

Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, pomegranate, lime, tomato, lemon, sour plum

Sub acid fruits

Non-starchy vegetables

Average combination with proteins and fats

Starches, sweet fruit, melons
30-45 Minutes

Watermelon, honey dew, cantaloupe, galia.

Always eat melons on their own
All other food types
30 Minutes

* Note: always consume fruit approximately 30 minutes before your main meal, never with your meal or at the end of a meal.

Food combining = efficient digestion and health.

It is important to understand that food combining is just one of a number of key factors that play an essential role in allowing us, humans, to not only digest our food properly without producing unwanted, toxic by-products, but to also allow our bodies to receive and assimilate the maximum nutrition from what it is that we eat. Yet it is not solely just what we eat that counts, but also what we assimilate. If our healthy raw food does not combine well together, putrefying and fermenting in our stomachs, then optimum health will not be something that we will experience.

For people who are working on restoring their digestion and overall health, adherence to the food combining rules we suggest is an absolute necessity.


We have both been adhering to the food combining rules for several years now, eating simplistic, low-fat, raw meals. We have been witnessing an accelerated rate of disease recovery, and experiencing levels of health and vitality that we have never felt before.  Eating proper food combinations is just one of the key elements that we must all strive for if we want to achieve the level of health we so rightly deserve.  Eating should never be a trial, but a joyous celebration of life experienced by our bodies.  

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