We all know that our health greatly depends on the food we choose to eat. That is why it has to be not only tasty but also good for our bodies. However, sometimes the wrong combinations of ingredients can undermine all the healthiness you were trying to achieve!
WeGoRo will tell you about 8 food combos that you’re better off avoiding. We’ll also give you several great nutrition tips at the end of this article! Enjoy!
Cocoa is rich in oxalic acid, which blocks calcium absorption. When combined with calcium, this acid contributes to the formation of oxalate crystals, which are bad for your kidneys in excessive amounts. Of course, one cup of hot chocolate a week won’t hurt you, but be careful with it, especially if you have kidney problems.
Many vitamins and other valuable nutrients (like carotenoids) that are found in veggies and greens require fats for proper absorption. Whenever we dress our salads with lemon or vinegar only, we deprive ourselves of a great deal of healthy food elements.
The starchy carbs that pasta is so rich in start to digest right in our mouths. This is done with the help of a special ferment, ptyalin, that is found in our saliva. Tomatoes, on the other hand, contain acids (malic, oxalic, citric), which, even in small amounts, break this ferment down. This leads to the hindering of starch digestion. The proteins found in cheese can also worsen this situation.
This combo we all love so much is rich in protein, and scientists believe that this is not so good for our health. Our body spends a lot of energy on digesting such products. That’s why, having had eggs and bacon for breakfast, we deprive ourselves of the energy we need so much at the start of the day.
The phytic acid found in bran forms insoluble compounds when it’s combined with calcium and magnesium. It also makes these minerals inaccessible for your body. This acid is also found in wheat grits and oatmeal but in smaller amounts. That is why it’s not recommended to combine these products with milk too often. Moreover, scientists advise you to drink milk separately, 1-1.5 hours after your meal.
Cereal combined with orange juice, especially in the morning, won’t bring you the boost of energy you expect but may cause discomfort and heaviness in your stomach. The acids in orange juice drastically lower the activity of the enzyme that is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates. For this same reason, it’s not recommended to combine grains with any other sour fruits or berries.
The combination of carbs, proteins, and starch takes up a lot of your body’s energy for digestion. Plus, the sugar in your soda slows down stomach processes. This results in stomach heaviness and bloating. In addition, the sugar can’t get to your intestines, where it should be dissolved, because of your full stomach. The combination of these factors can lead to stomach problems if you have this type of meal too often.
Refined wheat flour combined with sweets is a double dose of fast carbs that cause a rapid glucose surge. It will provide you with a boost of energy for just a short time, followed by exhaustion and bad moods. Another argument against this combination is unrest in your bowels, caused by the alliance of yeast-fermented dough and sugar. It’s usually not recommended to have wheat bread with jam on an empty stomach.
We are used to believing that drinking juice is good for our health. However, processed juice contains a lot of sugar: one glass contains about 2 tablespoons of refined sugar. On the other hand, fresh juice is not as useful as it might seem. It doesn’t contain fiber, but it’s still rich in carbs. In order to lose weight faster, it’s better to substitute all your sweet drinks with pure water.
Of course, it’s boring to always live by the rules. And there are times when it’s not even possible. But adhering to some healthy eating principles will be really good for your body. Take a look at several great articles on the subject we prepared for you!