In general we tend to view the body as a simple machine – fuel goes in, energy is expended, wastes go out – and the stomach is seen as an uncomplicated bag, a holding space for food before the process of digestion begins in the intestines.  The process of indigestion begins with the ignorance of digestion - today we eat food unconsciously i.e. fruit after dinner, the heaviest meal at breakfast, and for most of Afrikans meat at every meal of the day.  In this article we will discuss the processes of digestion, food combining and the order of digestion - join me in locking in this concept for maintaining your digestive health.   

Food is processed differently in the body.  Fruits will digest quickly and foods like meat and starches may take a few days to process through your system.  So if you eat fruit after a meat meal, the fruit must wait until the meat is processed, thus causing the food to be fermented and not digested properly. HELLO Mr. Gas, Flatulence and Pooting these gasses are formulated from the fermentation process this is not a bodily function to turn food to wine. 

People often use proper food combining for weight loss, digestion problems, and energy problems associated with poor digestion.  IBS, acid reflux, etc. is a result of poor digestion and poor food combining.

Food Charts and Combination Foods

In order to understand about food combining, it is necessary to understand which foods belong in each of the groups listed.  The following list will explain in detail the foods belonging to starch, proteins, sweet fruits starchy vegetables and acid fruits.

Protein foods include: Nuts, seeds, olive, flesh foods, cheese, eggs, lentils, gooseberry, avocados, soy beans, and coconuts.

Starch foods include: Potatoes, corn, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, bean (lima), beets, carrots, Hubbard squash, peas, pumpkin and yams.

Non Starch Vegetables include: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Romaine lettuce, cabbage (all varieties), cauliflower, celery, Swiss chard, Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, okra, pepper (sweet), rutabaga, squash and turnips.

Sweet Fruits: Banana, date, fig, prune, raisins, dried fruit, mango, persimmons and papaya.

Sub Acid Fruits include: Sweet apples, apricot, blackberry, cherries, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, and raspberry,

Acid Fruits include: Grapefruit, guava, kumquat, lemon, lime, Orange, pineapple, pomegranate, sour apples, sour grapes, strawberry, tangerine and tomatoes.

Here are the principles of food combining:

  • Do not combine starch foods and acids at the same meal.
  • Do not combine proteins and carbohydrates at the same meal.
  • Do not combine acids and proteins at the same meal.
  • Do not combine fats and proteins at the same meal.
  • Do not combine sweet fruits and proteins at the same meal.
  • Always eat melons alone, before the meal preferably.
  • Do not eat sweet and sugary desserts after the meal.

How To Do It Right And Why

1. Eat starches and acids at separate meals. Acids
neutralize the alkaline medium required for starch
digestion and the result is indigestion and fermentation.

2. Eat carbohydrate foods and protein foods at
separate meals. Protein foods require an acid
medium for digestion.

3. Eat only one kind of protein food at a meal.

4. Eat proteins and acid foods at separate meals.
The acids of acid foods inhibit the secretion of the
digestive acids required for protein digestion.
Undigested proteins putrefy in bacterial
decomposition and produces some potent poisons.

5. Eat proteins and fats at separate meals. Some
foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and
require hours for digestion.

6. Eat proteins and sugars (fruits) at separate

7. Eat starchy foods and sugars (fruits) at
separate meals. Fruits undergo no digestion in the
stomach and are held up if eaten with foods which 
require digestion in the stomach.

8. Eat melons alone. Melons combine with almost no
other food.

9. Forget the desserts. Eaten on top of meals they
lie heavy on the stomach, requiring no digestion
there, and ferment. Bacteria turn them into
alcohols, acetic acids and vinegars.

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Comment by Lyonezz on April 15, 2018 at 7:29pm

Meda ase this information is so powerful. I have to make this happen.

Comment by Imani Alcantara on January 24, 2014 at 8:19am

Meda ase will begin infusing this into our daily nourishings.

Comment by THE BODY TEMPLE INSTITUTE on October 31, 2012 at 2:29pm


Fats = oils- olive, safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, avocado, and coconut etc. Nuts - almond, cashew, pistachio, filbert, and so on. Vegetable fats- avocado(E), carrot(A), yam(A) etc. Meats- fish and eggs which are also proteins..

Carbs = breads, pastas, all potatoes, all grains and cereals,

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Comment by abiye marshall on October 8, 2012 at 1:00am

real good info another way for me to change.

Comment by Nakato Lewis on October 7, 2012 at 3:01am

One of the things I love about natural medicine, it is preventative medicine, there is a natural way to stay healthy. Thanks for the info.

Comment by Kai on October 6, 2012 at 11:24pm
Thank you for this vital information
Comment by Clive Jackson on October 6, 2012 at 10:02pm

awesome article thanks for the posting ,

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