Food Combining

by Mark Tassi

And what of it? In ancient times, before the advent of agriculture, humans would have found a fruit tree and/or edible greenery and ate of that tree or plant until full, then moved on to another food source, i.e. another fruit tree or the like and ate again until full. In other words, meals would have been simple; many mono fruit meals or meals of fruit and greens would have been eaten. Research has shown, particularly in the analysis of ancient teeth, that early humans were indeed fruit eaters.

However, in these days of the connoisseur and the epicurean, not much attention is paid to this forgotten or biologically inherent science. With the technological advance of modern agriculture, many food choices are available. Encouraged by this, people seem content to treat the organ of the stomach in much the same way as they would a garbage dump creating a resultant toxic condition not unlike a cesspit. Cosmetic companies have cashed in on the result with its powders, potions, mouth wash and deodorants designed to mask the stench. This is not to mention the health problems related to storing the mass of toxins created from years of such a mixed, acid forming and toxic diet. The ramifications of such a poorly combined diet are not limited simply to indigestion, which in and of itself is bad enough, but an entire host of digestive ailments and other resultant health ailments as well.

The frugivore/herbivore has no need for such cosmetic “medicaments” or medicines in general as such a diet is alkalizing and nontoxic, at least as nontoxic as can be in the present state of the world.

Having said that, even the frugiviore/herbivore should follow some simple rules of food combining never mind the heavily mixed eater.

There are some basic rules of thumb that one should adhere to regardless of what diet they may follow.

One of most basic rules of thumb is to not eat starches and proteins together. They digest differently. The stomach’s acid may be up to 100 times stronger when proteins are eaten than when carbohydrates are consumed. Instead, eat either proteins or carbohydrates with raw vegetables and not at the same meal.

Eating starches and sweets together is another mistake. The result is certain fermentation producing alcohol and gas. This is often where fruit gets the blame especially when it is eaten for dessert. Fruits should be eaten alone or with green leaves; green leaves combine well with just about anything except for possibly melons which, in general, should be eaten entirely alone and on an empty stomach.

For those who wish to take this science to the next level for best digestion and health, there are particular fruit combinations which work best. As already mentioned, mono meals, in particular, eating one fruit as meal at a time is best. However, one need not “limit” oneself entirely to a diet of mono meals as long as one adheres to some simple rules.

For instance, sweet fruits such as banana and acid fruits such as citrus don’t combine well. However, either can be eaten with sub-acid fruits or green leaves. Fatty fruits should not be eaten with sweet fruits but can be eaten with acid fruits. Nuts should not be eaten with fruits except acid fruits and combine well with green leaves. Melons, as mentioned before, should be eaten alone. A mono meal of melons is very refreshing.

Below is a list of fruits and vegetables in their categories for those who may not be familiar with those groups.

Sweet Fruits:
Banana, Date, Fig, Sapote, Persimmon, Cherimoya, Carob, Mammea, Plantain, Sapodilla, Sugar Apple, etc.

Acid Fruits:
Blackberry, Orange, Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Tangerine, Tomato, Ugly Fruit, Grapefruit, Acerola Cherry, Grapefruit, Pineapple, etc.

Sub-Acid Fruits:
Apple, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Raspberry, Ugly Fruit, Apricot, Blackberry, Blueberry, Grape, Cherry, Mango, Mulberry, Nectarine, Tamarillo, Guava, etc.

Watermelon, Honeydew, Casaba, Cantaloupe, Ambrosia, Banana Melon, Canary, Gaia, Muskmelon, Rock Melon, Winter Melon, etc.

Fatty Fruits:
Avocado, Durian, Akee, etc. 


Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond
Nutrition and Athletic Performance by Dr. Douglas N. Graham
Research Yields Surprises about Early Human Diets Teeth Show Fruit Was the Staple by Boyce Rensberger, May 15, 1979 issue of the New York Times
Food Combining Made Easy by Herbert M. Shelton
List of Fruits and Their Properties by Andrew Perlot