I. Proteins Should Not Be Eaten With Starches!

Mixing proteins and starches is one of the worst of the disease-producing habits. There is no way this combination will digest properly. You’re thinking, “What about meat and potatoes, hamburgers, sub sandwiches, meat pizzas, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and all those other favorites? Take, for example, the hamburger. The meat is a protein and the bread is a starch. It takes a series of acid digestive juices to digest the protein (pepsin, hydrochloric acid), and a series of alkaline digestive juices to digest the starch (ptyalin, maltase), as explained earlier. When proteins and starches are combined, their digestive juices neutralize each other and digestion comes to a halt. Then, as we have learned, when food doesn’t digest, it rots.

II. Fruits Should Not Be Eaten With Starches!

The digestion of fruits requires hardly any time at all in the mouth and stomach, while starches require most of their digestion in those areas. The fruit sugars are quickly absorbed into the intestines, while the starch requires chemical and mechanical digestion in the mouth and stomach. Incidentally, starch is the only food that begins to digest in the mouth with the enzyme ptyalin. When sugar, for which ptyalin is required is combined with starch, the mouth fills with saliva and the signals get jumbled; impaired digestion is the result. If the fruit sugars are held up in the stomach awaiting the digestion of starch, fermentation is inevitable. The rule of thumb when eating fruit is to eat fruit as a fruit meal. This gives a new perspective to some of the old favorite combinations – the raisin bran products, fruit preserves on toast, bananas on cereal, and carrot slaw with raisins. Oranges with rice is a bad combination that is easy to identify and doesn’t even sound good.

III. Fruits Should Not Be Eaten with Proteins.

Here, too, the fruit sugars are absorbed directly into the intestines and the protein requires much time digesting in the stomach. If the sugars are held back in the stomach while the protein is digesting, fermentation will result. The only exception to this rule is the avocado which combines well with acid and sub-acid fruits. There is enough oil in seeds and nuts to prolong the protein digestive gastric juices in the stomach, while the fruit sugars of acid fruits are absorbed into the intestines.

IV. Fruits and Vegetables Should Not Be Eaten Together!

When these are combined, the digestion of the fruit is delayed and fermentation again occurs. Lettuce and celery are exceptions and may be combined with any fruit except melon. Tomatoes are a fruit and an exception to the rule, also. You can have tomatoes with the following vegetables – lettuce, celery, okra, cucumbers, eggplant, bell peppers, and summer squash.

V. Melons Should Be Eaten Alone or Left Alone!

Melons combine with NO OTHER FOOD. They are in their simplest form and require no digestion time at all in the stomach. If they are held back in the stomach while something else is being digested, again, fermentation will take place. Put a piece of melon outside in the sun at 80 to 90 degrees and see how quickly it decomposes. It’s no wonder that so many people are bothered by melons. They eat them before, with, or directly after a meal. There is NO EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE. Eat melons alone or leave them alone.

VI. Acid and Sweet Fruits Should Not Be Eaten Together!

These two food groups definitely should not be combined. Banana and grapefruit, oranges and raisins, tangerines and prunes don’t even sound like good combinations, do they? NO EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE!

VII. DO Not Mix More Than 4 to 6 Fruits or Vegetables at a Meal!

The simpler the meal, the better you feel.

Benjamin Franklin made the following observations regarding the eating habits of his time, showing that things haven’t changed much:

“I’ve seen few die of hunger, but 100,000 of overeating.”

“There’s more that die from the platter than from the sword!”

“When feasts are spread, the doctor rolls his pills, and in 50 dishes lie a hundred ills.”

“Think health. When you have it, you have everything. When you don’t nothing else matters.”