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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (
Subject:         Re: food combining
Date: June 13, 2008 at 12:23 am PST

In Reply to: food combining posted by allison on June 12, 2008 at 6:09 pm:

Hi Allison

>>>how important are 'food combining rules' to follow?

Not very important.

There is no credible scientific evidence to support the theories on food combining. While the proponents often say it is based on physiology, they theory is actually based on a very limited view and misunderstanding of human anatomy and physiology.

Even in one of the classic books on the topic "Food Combining Made Easy" the author, Dr Herbert Shelton said he knew of no physiological reason for most of his rules. One of his reasons in putting them forth was to help people make improvements on the typical diet they were eating as if you followed the rules, you eliminated many poor foods and food choices

In addition, even one of the modern day advocates of it, "Harvey Diamond" who popularized the theory in his Fit For Life books, also said publicly at a NHA conference that he may have over emphasized its importance in the books and it is not that important.

One of the reasons food combining seems to work is because when you follow the rules, you have dramatically simplified your diet and made a dramatic change in your diet for the better.

In regard to digestion, there are three issues that are known to cause indigestion and/or impair digestion....

1) overeating

2) eating too much fat

3) eating while under great stress

Also, individuals may find they have certain food tolerances and sensitivities and if so, they should respect them.

In Health

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