Food combining or sequential eating has been a popular topic in the nutrition realm for years and continues to resurface with claims that these practices can improve digestion, increase metabolism to promote a weight loss and provide more energy for the body.
The Theory behind Sequential Eating
The theory is that some combinations of food can overburden the stomach and cannot be absorbed from the intestinal tract. The assumption is that your gastrointestinal tract cannot digest more than one type of food at a time, because the enzymes cancel each other out in the presence of other foods. For example, you may have heard to eat fruits by themselves, or to not combine carbohydrates with proteins. In this practice, it is acceptable to eat vegetables with proteins or carbohydrates. The idea is to not mix foods from different groups.
The practice of food combining or sequential eating is not backed by any scientific knowledge of physiology and nutrition. The process of food combining or eating in a specific sequence requires a great deal of planning and can be inconvenient for busy lifestyles. The human digestive system is a complex series of organs and glands that process the food into smaller molecules. There are specific areas of the gastrointestinal tract that perform different jobs in order to nourish the body.