7 Popular Food Combinations That Can Ruin Your Health

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Did you know that there are a few food combinations which are actually not that good for your health at all?

We almost never make anything by itself. Cucumbers and tomatoes go together in a salad. Bananas and milk blend together to make an awesome milkshake. However, did you know that there are a few food combinations which are actually not that good for your health at all? Following are some of these combinations which can affect your digestive system for the worst. Let’s take a look.

Milk and Banana

It is quick and efficient to throw a couple of bananas in the blender with a splash of milk every day and literally a minute later you can have breakfast one the go. Banana milkshakes are also an energy booster. However, dieticians and nutritionists believe that fruits which are sweet should be consumed separately than other food items. This is because the sugar in these fruits takes a bit longer to digest and any other kind of food group may spoil while the body is taking its sweet time digesting the first food. Although bananas taste sweeter, their post-digestion effect is completely different- bananas are sour and milk is sweet.

Dairy and Pineapple

Pineapples contain an enzyme which turns dairy sour. It is better to stay clear of this combination as this may cause indigestion and heart burn. Instead of pineapples, use dried apricots, plums or peaches.

Beer and Nuts

At any bar, beer will almost always be served with a handful of nuts. Usually these nuts are salted. While you may love munching on those tasty nuts while sipping at your beer you have no idea what havoc this combination is causing inside your stomach. Salts cause dehydration and sipping beer on top of that doesn’t help the matter either.

Potato and Meat

Whenever you order a steak at a restaurant it will always be served with fried chips, baked potatoes or mashed potatoes. As much as we all love this combination, it is a heavy one for the digestive system to deal with. The stomach releases alkalotic digestive fluids to digest the starch contained in the potatoes as well as acidic fluids to help digest the meat. Together, these acids can cause gas, heartburn and worse, ulcers. Try and opt for green vegetables instead of potatoes to be served as a side with your meat.

Pasta and Minced meat

The same reasoning as above applies here as well. Pasta contains starch and the stomach produces ptyalin and amylase to digest this and convert it into simple sugar. These simple sugars then combine with the protein from the meat and form chemical compounds which have been known to cause diabetes. Whenever you are craving pasta try and have it separately with herbal sauces and no additions.

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Tomatoes and Cucumbers

We are pretty sure that no one saw this coming. These can be found together in almost every salad but did you know that together tomatoes and cucumbers affect the metabolic rates of the body? They also alter biochemical pathways, very minutely, but in long term this can lead to swelling, bloating and excessive calcination.

Sandwich and coffee

Perhaps the most popular lunch food combination in offices and work environment worldwide, coffee and cheese sandwiches do little to improve your health. The carbs in the bread prevent the calcium from the cheese from being digested properly. Pour hot (or cold) coffee on top of that and you have a recipe for disaster.


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