By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Reprinted from Dr. Shelton's Hygienic Review
There are sound physiological reasons for eating foods in compatible
combinations. In other words, some foods, if mixed in the digestive system, will
cause distress! The principles of food combining are dictated by digestive
chemistry. Different foods are digested differently. Starchy foods require an
alkaline digestive medium which is supplied initially in the mouth by the enzyme
ptyalin. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion- hydrochloric
As any student of chemistry will assure you, acids and bases (alkalis)
neutralize each other. If you eat a starch with a protein, digestion is impaired
or completely arrested! The undigested food mass can cause various kinds of
digestive disorders. Undigested food becomes soil for bacteria which ferment and
decompose it. Its by products are poisonous, one of which, alcohol, is a
narcotic that destroys or inhibits nerve function. It plays havoc with nerves of
the digestive tract, suspending their vital action such that constipation may
well be a result! As set forth in Dr. Herbert Shelton's FOOD COMBINING MADE EASY
these are the salient rules for proper food combining.
The Basic Rules of Proper Food Combining:
1. Eat acids and starches at separate meals. Acids neutralize the alkaline
medium required for starch digestion and the result is fermentation and
2. Eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at separate meals. Protein foods
require an acid medium for digestion.
3. Eat but 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 protein putrefies in bacterial decomposition and produces some potent
5. Eat fats and proteins at separate meals. Some foods, especially nuts, are
over 50% fat and require hours for digestion.
6. Eat sugars (fruits) and proteins at separate meals.
7. Eat sugars (fruits) and starchy foods at separate meals. Fruits undergo no
digestion in the stomach and are held up if eaten with foods that require
digestion in the stomach.
8. Eat melons alone. They combine with almost no other food.
9. Desert the desserts. Eaten on top of meals they lie heavy on the stomach,
requiring no digestion there, and ferment. Bacteria turn them into alcohols and
vinegars and acetic acids.
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