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Food Combining and sequential digestion

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Created April 22, 2011 at 12:21 AM

What is the Paleo crew's stance on food combining? I have heard that digestion occurs in layers(on the basis of its time of consumption, nutrient/anti-nutrient composition, viscosity, etc.) and this seems to be 'borne' out in personal empirical studies. For practical purposes would it be advisable to keep the carb-rich food sources well seperated from the protein and fat sources? Would it be feasible to consume a solid food protein/fat meal 1/2 hour post carbs after a workout? Advice would be nice...

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on October 23, 2013
at 05:42 PM

It makes perfect sense to me - even from a "paleo" perspective. As much as I avoid talking about what cave men did WRT Paleo dieting, do you really think that paleolithic man set out to create a full meal with ideal ratios of protein/fat/carbs? No. He ate what was on hand when he was hungry. If he had a tuber, he boiled it and ate it. If he killed a beast, he probably ate some raw and cooked some for later.

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on April 22, 2011
at 06:34 PM

PS Nice photo !

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on April 22, 2011
at 12:31 PM

It doesn't pass the common sense test for me.

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on April 22, 2011
at 11:58 AM

Dr. William Hay, is renowned for his work on food combining, which established that different types of foodstuffs (protein and starches) required different mediums for their digestion as you have stated. The alkaline state required for starches, tends to neutralise the acid state required for protein assimilation. In the event of combining proteins and starches at the same meal, you therefore get incomplete and delayed digestion. Fruit, he suggested, should be the first meal of the day, but in any event should not be eaten with any starch (ripe bananas apart)

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on April 22, 2011
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I believe this is attributable to the (alleged by William Harris I think) acid-digestion needed for protein/fat and the alkaline needed for the carbs. Also, from what I've gathered Fructose lingers in the system much longer and combines with protein to cause Advanced glycation end-products which are apparently damaging(I forget how...).

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on April 22, 2011
at 02:21 AM

well said......

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on April 22, 2011
at 01:29 AM

I'm not sure that 1/2 hour is "well-separated" in terms of digestion. But more basically, this strikes me -- IMHO -- as one of those instances of greatly overthinking/over-complicating something that should be simple: eat natural, whole, unprocessed food. If paleo meant scrutinizing the "layering" of my digestion, I wouldn't bother. But that is just my view.

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on April 22, 2011
at 12:31 PM

It doesn't pass the common sense test for me.

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on April 22, 2011
at 02:21 AM

well said......

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on October 23, 2013
at 05:42 PM

It makes perfect sense to me - even from a "paleo" perspective. As much as I avoid talking about what cave men did WRT Paleo dieting, do you really think that paleolithic man set out to create a full meal with ideal ratios of protein/fat/carbs? No. He ate what was on hand when he was hungry. If he had a tuber, he boiled it and ate it. If he killed a beast, he probably ate some raw and cooked some for later.

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:14 AM

I don't know why, but I've always been a "stacker". I eat fruit, then veg, then protein/fat. I also strictly prohibit any kind of fruit shortly after a meal, or else I end up with fruit gut (bloating).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:17 AM

I believe this is attributable to the (alleged by William Harris I think) acid-digestion needed for protein/fat and the alkaline needed for the carbs. Also, from what I've gathered Fructose lingers in the system much longer and combines with protein to cause Advanced glycation end-products which are apparently damaging(I forget how...).

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on April 22, 2011
at 06:34 PM

PS Nice photo !

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on April 22, 2011
at 11:58 AM

Dr. William Hay, is renowned for his work on food combining, which established that different types of foodstuffs (protein and starches) required different mediums for their digestion as you have stated. The alkaline state required for starches, tends to neutralise the acid state required for protein assimilation. In the event of combining proteins and starches at the same meal, you therefore get incomplete and delayed digestion. Fruit, he suggested, should be the first meal of the day, but in any event should not be eaten with any starch (ripe bananas apart)

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