7 Popular Food Combinations That Can Ruin Your Health
Even a child knows that eating beans and soda together can bring unexpected results. However, there are a number of other food combinations that can affect your digestion system badly and even make you sick.
Bright Side got familiar with diet specialists' recommendations and put together 7 food combinations you'd better avoid.
When there is no time, a quick breakfast on the go is a common solution. Say hello to cheese sandwiches and coffee, and say goodbye to all the healthy properties of cheese. The simple carbs in bread prevent calcium from being digested properly and bringing help to your nervous and cardiovascular systems. Moreover, if you add instant coffee, there will be no benefit to your health at all.
Tip: If you love cheese sandwiches, then at least try to replace coffee with white or green tea.
This is a very popular combination for a summer salad. However, the latest research shows that combining these 2 vegetables can disturb the biochemical pathways of your body. This can lead to excessive calcination and swelling, and the vitamins contained in both vegetables won't be digested properly.
Tip: Eat tomatoes and cucumbers separately. For example, today you can make a salad with tomatoes and greens, and tomorrow – a salad with cucumbers.
Who can resist a steak with fries? Unfortunately, this is a very heavy food combination. The starch contained in potatoes demands alkalotic digestive fluids, and the proteins from meat demand acidic ones. When together, they just get stuck inside your stomach and can bring such disorders as heartburn, belching, gas, and many others.
Tip: As a side dish to meat, choose nonstarchy vegetables – asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, or zucchini.
The same reasoning applies to minced meat with pasta. The salivary glands produce ptyalin and amylase, which transform the starch carbs (pasta) into simple sugars. When simple sugars cover proteins (meat), they create a dangerous chemical mixture that can lead to diabetes and CVDs.
Tip: It is better to eat pasta as a separate dish. Try to choose pasta made of durum wheat, and combine it with herb sauces.
This is one of the most popular combinations from our college days. Everyone loves to eat salty nuts when drinking beer. However, high-salt foods are not only unhealthy by themselves but also lead to dehydration and increase the likelihood of having another pint of beer.
Tip: When drinking any alcohol, keep water or soda at hand to avoid dehydration.
Sour fruits make your digestion work slower, especially in the morning. Besides, pineapple contains bromelain, an enzymic complex which can cause intoxication when combined with dairy products.
Tip: Add dry apricots or plums instead of pineapple.
This food couple has become very popular among followers of a healthy lifestyle because it's nourishing and fast to prepare. However, some nutritionists believe that fruits, especially sweet ones, should be consumed separately. They stay inside the body for longer, slowing down the digestion system, especially when eaten with other foods. As for milk, it is also more healthy to drink it separately.
Tip: Use bananas as snacks between major meals.