The Importance of Eating Foods in Proper Order
Have you ever eaten a great meal and then spent the following few hours belching as the food “bounces” or “rebels” from indigestion? Unfortunately, this is common. The good news is that in a lot of cases, this is an easy fix.
The digestive system’s job is to break up foods so the nutrients we need can be absorbed. What most people don’t realize is that we digest different types of foods at different rates. Our stomach acid can break down things like fruit much faster than a baked potato or meats.
Sadly, we live in a culture where sweets and fruits are a treat after a big meal. As the food in your stomach starts to break down, it progresses to the intestines. If slower digesting food blocks that progress, the food that digests first is forced to sit in your stomach, getting rancid and releasing gas (BURP!)
Whether you suffer from indigestion or are experiencing diarrhoea, vomiting or an illness that requires you to be gentle on your tummy, the food transit list can help you choose foods that are easy to digest. It will also help you when preparing full meals.
Food Transit Times
Time to Digest
Juices & Broth
Fruit & Sweets
Low Starch & Leafy Greens Vegetables
Grains & Legumes (including bread)
Nuts, Dairy & Eggs
Meat & Fish
More and more people are using a technique called, Food Combining when creating meals. While there are specific rules for food combining, the main focus revolves around being conscious of how long each food type takes to digest. By selecting foods that digest at the same rate, you can create a tasty, healthy meal that your body will digest without hassle.
This information is not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional.
© 2012 Rosa Marchisella