By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-01-17 17:31:13 -0600
Started 2013-01-12 15:18:22 -0600

Did You Know?

1. Do not eat proteins and starches together. Your body requires an acid base to digest proteins and an alkaline base to digest starches.

Proteins and starches combine well with green, leafy vegetables and non-starchy vegetables, but they do not combine well with each other.

2. Generally fruits should be eaten alone or with other fruits. If fruits seem too sweet, then eat a handful of nuts (80% fruit, 20% nuts).

Fruits digest so quickly that by the time they reach your stomach, they are
already partially digested. If they are combined with other foods, they will rot and ferment.

3. Melons digest faster than any other food. Therefore, you should never eat melons with any other food including other fruits. Always eat melons on their own.

4. Do not mix acid and/or sub-acid fruits with sweet fruits at the same meal. Acid fruits, such as grapefruits, pineapple, and strawberries, can be mixed with sub-acid fruits, such as apples, grapes, and peaches, but neither of these categories can be mixed with sweet fruits, such as bananas, dates, or raisins.

5. Eat only four to six different fruits or vegetables at one meal.

6. Fats and oils combine with everything (except fruits) but should be used in limited amounts because while they won’t inhibit digestion, they will slow it down.

7. Wait the following lengths of time between meals that don’t combine:

a. Two hours after eating fruit.
b. Three hours after eating starches.
c. Four hours after eating proteins.


· If you eat PROTEIN and STARCH during the same meal, eat some legumes.
· If you eat NUTS, eat an acid fruit with them.
· If you still eat DAIRY, make sure to eat an acid fruit.
· If you've overloaded on PASTA, eat an apple the next morning.
· If you’ve eaten too much PROTEIN, eat papaya the next morning.
· If you’ve, eaten too much SUGAR, eat grapes the next morning.
· If you’ve eaten too much SALT, eat watermelon the next morning

25 replies

GabbyPA 2013-01-13 15:35:09 -0600 Report

I have seen this before. Now I do have one question. If you eat too much sugar and then eat grapes the next morning....I don't see the value in doing that?

MAYS 2013-01-13 17:11:55 -0600 Report

Grapes can raise your blood glucose level but here is the catch-22 concerning grapes, the skin of grapes contain a natural chemical compound called resveratrol which has a very unique feature, it can control blood glucose by lowering it (what a catch-22)!

Resveratrol is what makes "Red Wine" good for diabetics, you can read more about it here:

It's amazing how nature can balance out everything im life, isn't it?!

GabbyPA 2013-01-14 20:18:11 -0600 Report

Ok, that is true, but there is so little skin compared to the sweet meat inside. And I guess we would not be able to do this with green grapes, then?

Nature is amazing, that is so true and our attempts to control what our bodies do is so hard compared to how it works when it's running properly.

GabbyPA 2013-01-15 19:16:19 -0600 Report

We have a native grape that grows here called a Muscadine grape. The skin is very tough, but they are the best grapes when it comes to the healthy aspects of them. Most people don't enjoy them because they are kind of tart and have seeds.

GabbyPA 2013-01-16 20:59:58 -0600 Report

Not painfully. They are pretty good, but compared to a green or concord, they are tart. Not sweet tart tart at all.

ConnieMarie 2013-01-13 19:05:34 -0600 Report

I usually increase my protein if I'm high…but I wondered about the grapes too…

MAYS 2013-01-13 19:32:06 -0600 Report

You can click on the link or research resveratrol and see why grapes can help diabetics manage their blood sugar.

granniesophie 2013-01-13 07:59:15 -0600 Report

Interesting info, but again, IMO, everyone is different and this may not apply to everyone. Myself, I must eat a protein with a starch or my BG goes through the roof. With this info, I would never be able to eat starch! And I do eat some amounts of starches. So that whole type of food would then be out of my diet and then not be balanced. I am not on a Paleo diet, so need some starch.
Also, do people actually eat 4-6 fruits and vegetables at one meal??
It sounds like what you are describing here may actually BE the Paleo Diet to a certain extent!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-14 10:02:04 -0600 Report

Sophie this is too time consuming for me to remember and to me it currently isn't making sense. I certainly cannot eat 4-6 fruits and veggies at one meal. To me it seems you are raising your blood sugar then eating to lower it. Right now it seems counter productive to me. Then again it could work for some people.

MAYS 2013-01-13 11:41:39 -0600 Report

It's just information, not meant for everyone to follow (nothing in life is) I don't recommend, or endorse any type of diet(s) because everyone has different nutritional needs, ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as dietary restrictions based on religious beliefs.

CJ55 2013-01-13 07:55:16 -0600 Report

Good Morning Mays.. I had no idea about combining foods. No one ever told me what to eat or not to eat together. The info is very interesting. Thank you for posting it. Have a great Sunday !!! Hugz

HeidiLynne 2013-01-13 06:50:45 -0600 Report

Thank you Mays for this info, I now remember about food combining but could not remember all the details, thanks!! You are just too cool for words!!

jayabee52 2013-01-12 17:39:01 -0600 Report

Sorry Mays, I have been eating "combined" meals all my life and have had no problems. I don't think that it makes a lot of difference.

Lady.Grantham 2013-01-12 16:20:26 -0600 Report

Ha, I did not know all that that is some very interesting information. I will try the new knowledge about what to eat and what not to eat together right now and see if it will make a difference in my BG levels :). Thanks Mays for the great info !!! Have a awesome weekend !!!

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