Beware: Never Mix Cucumber and Tomatoes When Making a Salad, Here’s Why!
Are you on a diet right now and considering including healthy salad on your next meal plan? Well good for you as these salad contains different fruits and vegetables that are good for our health.
However, there are different types of food which require different digestive environments and thus, they should be eaten separately. The bad food combination can trigger digestive un-ease, gas, bloating, stomach ache, nausea, fatigue, and problems with elimination.
Mixing ingredients that have a fast and slow digestion is not a good idea as the lighter ingredient will end up passing in the intestine just as the first one is completely digested. This will bring fermentation of the food in your stomach that may harm your entire body.
Like cucumbers and tomatoes. Individually, these two are awesome for our body as they contain water, antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins.
But when they are mixed together, like in most of the salads choices, they could cause a lot of side effects. This is because one of them has fast digestion rate while the other has slow digestion rate. It will cause the lighter ingredient to end up passing the intestine after the first one is completely digested.
The process of fermentation can cause gasses, swelling and pain in the stomach as well as intestinal issues. When they reach the stomach and the process of fermentation starts, the acid released in the abdominal cavity for digestion can cause numerous digestive problems. Cucumber and tomatoes
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Aside from cucumbers and tomatoes, experts say that eating fruits and vegetable at the same time is not a good idea as the fruits takes time to be digested and should never remain in your digestive system for too long.
Here are some other food combinations you should never try:
- Eating fruit after meal is not a good idea – fruits need a lot of time to be digested and should never stay long in the stomach. Eating them after a meal is dangerous as it may result to fermented wine in your stomach which may lead to acid reflux.
- Mac and cheese is a popular meal in the USA, but one that should be avoided. Macaroni are rich in starch, which has a different digestion time than protein, so the delay will lead to inevitable fermentation and further digestive problems.
- Meat and cheese omelet is a most favorite meal of millions, but you should avoid putting too much protein on the same dish. Choose only one type of protein per meal.
- You should never mix bread or noodles with orange juice as the acid content needed to digest the juice can destroy the enzyme responsible for starch digestion.
- Vegetables and cheese – eating them together will only result in bloating.
- Melon and watermelon – these fruits are meant to be consumed alone, not in combination with any other fruit.
- Bananas and milk – this combination will significantly slow down your digestion.
- Adding pineapple to your yogurt, which boosts the active ingredients that cause food poisoning
These are some of the foods that Ayurveda deems incompatible:
Milk with bananas, sour fruits, yogurt, fish, meat, yeasted breads or starches. Banana milkshakes and cereal with sliced banana are best avoided, as are fish and meat dishes with dairy-based sauces.
Yogurt with sour fruits, melons, mangoes, bananas or milk. Mango lassis are a particularly bad idea, as are yogurt parfaits with berries and bananas.
Melons with anything else. Melons should be eaten on their own. Prosciutto-wrapped melons are definitely not advised.
Fruit with anything else. If fruits are eaten along with other foods, they can cause fermentation in the digestive tract. There are some exceptions. For example, dates with milk.
Lemons with yogurt, cucumber or tomatoes.
Nightshades with dairy products or cucumber. Nightshades include potatoes, eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. Cheesy lasagna and baked potatoes with cheese and sour cream, for example, are advised against.
Honey with heat. Honey should never be cooked or heated, as it can clog the subtle channels and result in toxins. Allow your tea or hot drink to cool before adding honey, and watch out for cereals baked with honey.
Beans with milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, meat and fish. Although these combinations are common in some Latin American cuisines, it’s possible that their eaters’ bodies have become accustomed or adapted to these combinations. Nonetheless it’s not a reason to continue, and the unhabituated might experience digestive troubles.
If all these rules sound too strict or like too much to take on, simply start with fruits. Try eating them on their own; at least an hour after meals.
Gradually incorporate other guidelines into your diet, welcoming their good effects as motivation to continue.
People usually add fruit to their bowl of yogurt for breakfast, but this combination will slow down your digestion and harm your intestinal flora.
My HOME MEDICINE
Lad, Vasant. The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies. New York: Harmony Books, 1998.