A food combining diet is based on incorrect assumptions about human physiology. It suggests that carbohydrate-based foods require an alkaline environment in order to be digested and protein-based foods require an acidic environment in order to be digested. Therefore, if they are consumed together they 'cancel' each other out and the foods don't get digested properly.
However, once scientists discovered the truth about human physiology many years ago this philosophy was disproven. The fact is, once food passes from the stomach to the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine), the pancreas secretes sodium bicarbonate which neutralises the acid from the stomach, creating a neutral environment.
At the same time the pancreas also secretes digestive enzymes specific to all 3 macronutrients (pancreatic amylase, protease and lipase) that digest the macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) in the neutral environment of the duodenum.
Plus, if the food combining diet theory was correct, a totally natural food like 'Mother's milk' would not be digested well at all because it contains all 3 macronutrients together.
The fact is, humans have been eating protein and carbs together in meals for millennia so don't be concerned about food combining for weight loss or general health and go and enjoy your chicken and rice meal or your steak and potatoes!
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