Can Fruit Really Rot in Your Stomach? The Truth About the Food Combining Theory.

by Leigh Ann Otte, managing editor

Just around the corner loom … dum, dum, duuuuum … New Year’s resolutions! Let the dieting begin!

This week, we focus on one type of diet that has not only your waist size but your entire physical health in mind: the food combining theory.

Ever heard that fruit should only be eaten on an empty stomach? That comes from this theory, which has been around for more than a century. It says certain foods eaten in certain combinations are harmful and can even make you gain weight. Thus, food combining diet plans are readily available.

Experts outside the alternative medicine arena have long insisted the theory is hogwash. Registered dietitian Jill Weisenberger agrees. Here, she explains why–but also lists combinations that have been proven healthful, some of which go against this theory.

What do you think?

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3 Responses to “Can Fruit Really Rot in Your Stomach? The Truth About the Food Combining Theory.”

  1. Balanced Diet « ∞ itis Says:

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  2. Judy Rodman Says:

    Well, all I can say is that in my personal experience, I can eat fruit only by itself. If I eat it with other food, it turns into diarrhea.

    It’s interesting that some things which are said to simply be ‘proven to be true by science’ turn out to be… a little more complicated. Maybe this is a case where the answer depends on the condition and absorption/assimilation power of the individual’s digestive system. I have been diagnosed with Crohns’ Disease, and have a digestive system which is quite inefficient. Maybe food combining has a greater immediate effect on someone like me, while for someone else it would be so easy for that particular body to accomplish that the added digestive effort is not noticable. What do you guys think about that?

  3. Mark Salinas Says:

    I am not convinced but it is an interesting theory. I am going to look into it further…good one!

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