The main food combining rule is to never mix protein and starch together at the same meal.
There are basically five starches which are: Corn, Rice, Tapioca, Potato and Squash. All other grains besides corn and rice are digested as proteins. Wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Buckwheat, Amaranth, Quinoa, Millet; are all protein grains. Nowadays with a strong focus on eating a diet that is gluten free, there are many cereals, pastas, crackers and cookies that end up mixing starch and protein together which will undoubtedly create indigestion.
For example you can buy multi-grain bread, yet it often has cornmeal or potato flour in it.
Or you can buy crackers made with almond flour and rice flour, or pasta made with both quinoa and corn mixed together. Proteins require acidic digestive juices and Starches require alkaline digestion. These opposite pH digestive fluids produced in the stomach at the same time end up cancelling each other out and then the proteins will putrefy and the starch will ferment creating gas and indigestion. Instead of having potatoes with your meat, you can have quinoa or millet with your meat and then you are mixing protein with protein and then your meal will digest and you will not feel bloated or heavy or tired from indigestion.
Amalyse and Pytalin are two enzymes that specifically digest starches. Protease and Pepsin are two enzymes that digest proteins. Lipase digests fat and there are enzymes for digesting the cellulose from vegetables as well. Proteins can mix with veggies and starch can mix with veggies also. You can alternate eating a protein meal or a starch meal. Wait three hours after eating a protein meal before you eat a starch meal and vice versa. Fats mix with either starch or protein yet it is important to use saturated fats when your foods are heated and cooked foods. Raw fats are very good to eat. I will share more details about fats in a future blog.
Dr. Wayne Pickering has an excellent interview on youtube where he is being interviewed by Dr. Mercola, on the subject of Food Combining. His website link is in my Health Links List.
There are Food Combining Charts that list all the different foods and how well they combine or should not combine. I will share more details about food combining in a future blog. This one main aspect of food combining is most important: do not mix protein and starch at the same meal as it is a major cause of indigestion and overworking the immune system.
I remember which foods are starches by the acronym CROPS, with the O indicating tapiOca.
Cornmeal, Rice, tapiOca, Potato, Squash. Other foods that match these five categories of starches are yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, turnip, rutabaga, artichoke and zucchini. Corn on the cob or corn kernels are starchy yet they are a mild starch, similar to carrots, compared to cornmeal or polenta.
There are a few excepts too, depending upon whether or not the foods are cooked or raw; for example eating white rice with raw fish works okay, yet you could not eat white rice with cooked shrimp or crab. Only drink before meals is also important for good digestion. Therefore have soup before you eat your solid foods.