It seems the one food fad that keeps on going is food combining.
At least one client per week brings it up thinking it is scientifically based and they’ve been doing it for years. I decided to write a blog since it is more than common in many individuals who read about it years ago and then continued to follow the advise.
“I?m not supposed to eat meat when I eat fruit, right?”
That would be a definite NO.
In 1985 a book named Fit for Life by the Diamonds came out claiming that if one consumes food in the wrong combination it will destroy important nutrients and enzymes in the food and then “clog” the body.
Not only does this go against all the basics of food science it is just made up quackery. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support food combining and the concepts completely go against the basic physiology of digestion and absorption.
Yet, the theories of this book seem to perpetuate almost 30 years later.
It was discovered that the authors had degrees from mail order schools and the book was completely fabricated.
You can eat any food group in combination unless you have a food intolerance, sensitivity (or religious preference), which is highly individual based on your genetics and DNA.
We all have separate physiologic differences and matching your food intake with your individual needs is based on physical symptoms, blood work, age, level of activity and genetics.
So the next time you are making a food decision based on something you read it might be worth questioning the authors of the book, if they have a degree from an accredited University, the legitimacy of the article or study and if it indeed applies to you.
Questioning your food patterns might help change an old food habit towards more variety and choices, which translates to Fun for Life.