Each type of food is broken down and digested in a different and specific way. Some stay in the stomach and intestines for a long time, others are ready to be excreted from the body very quickly after digestion by gastric enzymes and absorption of their ingredients in the intestines. That's why how we combine our food is as important as what food we choose.


In a previous article we presented the basic principles of food combination. It's time for a few details about some specific combinations that can interfere with the work of the gastrointestinal tract.


Combining carbohydrates and proteins - basic principles

This is the most common food combination made by almost anyone in the world. It turns out that the regular combination of carbohydrates and proteins (proteins) in one meal is the basis of many digestive problems - irregular stomach, bloated stomach, constipation and others. This dietary combination is also a major cause of weight problems.


As the simplest example of an undesirable combination of carbohydrates and proteins, a simple burger can be mentioned. Bread contains mostly simple carbohydrates, or slow, if it is black, and meat, regardless of its type, is rich in protein.


The main problems for digestion with combined intake of carbohydrates and proteins come from the radically different mechanism of their breakdown in the stomach.


Carbohydrates are broken down into digestible sugars under the influence of the enzyme amylase . However, it requires the maintenance of an alkaline environment to be as effective as possible. Proteins, in turn, are broken down by pepsin , which is active in an acidic environment.


And because carbohydrates and proteins are completely broken down in chemically opposite environments, their simultaneous intake requires the body to secrete both alkaline and acidic digestive enzymes. They neutralize each other , which slows down the metabolism, food stays longer along the gastrointestinal tract, leading to bloating, heaviness and even stomach pain.


In such conditions, some dangerous consequences can occur:


  • Some of the products obtained during the decomposition of food ferment or undergo other types of transformations, in which toxins are released, passing into the blood;
  • Some of the released products act as allergens and can trigger a food allergy; 
  • The long stay of food in the stomach and intestines stimulates the growth of dangerous bacteria and fungi, which can lead to gastritis, ulcers, candidiasis and others. diseases;


With a regular combination of carbohydrates and proteins in one meal, gastrointestinal problems can become chronic.


Of course, there are foods whose proper combination has a very positive effect on digestion . They also deserve your attention, given the benefits they can bring to deal with chronic problems such as lazy bowels, irregular stomach , constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and more.