Food Combining Chart

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Food combining (the intentional pairing of certain foods) has helped millions of people resolve various health issues. By pairing the correct foods together you can over come various health issues i.e.; digestive problems, allergies, weight issues, and increase your energy levels tremendously.

Is your digestive system struggling?

Many of our digestive issues stem from the foods that we eat, and what foods we decide to eat together.

Poor digestion can cause serious health problems.

If you have frequent stomach issues, food combining (pairing the proper foods together) may help you alleviate those issues.

Starches and proteins are digested differently within our bodies. By simplifying our meals, our stomach and intestines will have an easier time processing these foods.

Many other animals, especially mammals (chimpanzees and gorillas especially) tend not to eat a variety of different types of food at the same time, as this can affect the digestion of these foods.

Most people get away with combining the wrong foods, however, if you’re prone to acid reflux, digestive discomfort, bloating after meals, heartburn and other digestive problems, you will find our food combining cart to be very beneficial.

Vegetables-Green Leafy

Name of FoodpH BalanceWhen in seasonHours to digest
Beet GreensALKAll year long2
Brussels SproutsACSept-May4
CabbageALKAll year long3
CarawayALKAll year long3
CatnipALKAll year long2 _
CeleryALKAll year long3 _
Chicory GreensALKAll year long3
ChivesALKAll year long3 _
CollardsALKAll year long3 _
CressACAll year long3
DandelionALKAll year long2 _
DulseALKAll year long1 _
EndiveALKAll year long3
FennelALKAll year long3
KaleALKAll year long3 _
LeeksALKAll year long2 _
Lettuce (Romaine or Green)ALKAll year long2 _
Mustard GreensALKAll year long3 _
ParsleyALKAll year long1 _
Sea KelpALKAll year long1 _
SpinachALKAll year long3
Swiss ChardALKAll year long3 _
WatercressALKAll year long3 1/4
Do NOT combine with FRUITS and/or MELONS!
Combines good with PROTEIN and/or STARCHES


Name of FoodpH BalanceWhen in seasonHours to digest
TurnipsALKAll year long4
Alfalfa SproutsALKAll year long1 _
ArtichokeALKAll year long2
AsparagusALKFeb-June2 _
Bamboo ShootsALKAll year long3 _
BroccoliALKAll year long3
CauliflowerALKAll year long2 _
Corn (Young and Sweet)ALKAll year long3
GarlicALKAll year long2
Green Beans (Fresh)ALKAll year long3 _
Green PeasALKAll year long3 _
Mung Bean SproutsALKAll year long1 _
MushroomsALKAll year long2 _
OnionALKAll year long3 _
RadishALKAll year long3 _
String BeansALKAll year long3
Do NOT combine with FRUITS and/or MELONS!
Combines good with PROTEIN and/or STARCHES!

Vegetables – Fruit-Vegetables

Name of FoodpH BalanceWhen in seasonHours to digest
CucumberALKAll year long3 _
Egg PlantALKAll year long3 _
OkraALKAll year long2 _
Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow Bell, etc.)ALKAll year long3 _
Summer Squash (Yellow, Zucchini, Scallop, etc.)ALKApr-Dec2 _
Do NOT combine with FRUITS, MELONS and/or PROTEINS!
Combines good with STARCHES!

Proteins – Fruit

Name of FoodpH BalanceWhen in seasonHours to digest
AvocadosALKAll year long1 _
CoconutsALKAll year long2 _
OlivesACAll year long1 _
Chia SeedsACAll year long3
Flax SeedsACAll year long2 _
Pumpkin SeedsACAll year long3 _
Sesame SeedsACAll year long3 _
Sunflower SeedsALKAll year long3 _
AlmondsALKAll year long2 _
Beech NutsACAll year long3
Brazil NutsACAll year long3 _
ButternutsACAll year long3
Candle NutsACAll year long3 _
Cashew NutsACAll year long3 _
FilbertsACAll year long3
Hickory NutsACAll year long3 _
Macadamia NutsACAll year long3 _
PecansACAll year long2 _
Pignolia NutsACAll year long2 _
Pine NutsACAll year long3
Pinon NutsACAll year long3
Pistachio NutsACAll year long3 _
Walnuts (English and Black)ACAll year long3
LentilsACAll year long3
PeanutsACAll year long3 _
SoybeansALKAll year long3 _
Combines good with VEGETABLES!

Fruits – (Acid)

Name of FoodpH BalanceWhen in seasonHours to digest
GrapefruitALKAll year long2
KumquatALKNov-Mar2 _
LemonALKAll year long1 _
LimeALKAll year long3
OrangeALKAll year long3
PineappleALKAll year long2 _
CranberriesACSep-Jan3 _
CurrantsACJun-Aug2 _
GooseberryALKJune & July3 _
Logan BerryALKMay-Aug2 _
PomegranatesALKSep-Dec3 _
StrawberriesALKAll year long2 _
Sour ApplesALKAll year long3
TomatoALKAll year long2
Combines good with SUB-ACID FRUITS!

Fruits (Sub-Acid)

Name of FoodpH BalanceWhen in seasonHours to digest
AppleALKAll year long2 _
PearsALKAll year long2 _
ApricotALKMay-Aug2 _
NectarinesALKMay-Sep2 _
PeachALKMay-Sep2 _
PlumACJun-Oct2 _
MangoALKApr-Sep1 _
PapayaALKAll year long1 _
Paw PawALKAll year long2
BlackberryALKMay-Aug2 _
Cactus Fruit (Prickly pear, etc.)ALKAug-Sep2 _
Figs (Fresh)ALKJun-Nov2 _
GrapesALKAll year long1 _
GuavaALKAll year long3
HuckleberryALKMay-Sep2 _
Litchi (Lycii)ALKMay & June2
RaspberryALKJun-Oct1 _
Combines good with ACID FRUITS!

Fruits (Sweet)

Name of FoodpH BalanceWhen in seasonHours to digest
BananaALKAll year long3
DatesALKAll year long2 _
PersimmonALKOct-Dec3 _
PlantainALKAll year long3
ApplesALKAll year long2 _
ApricotsALKAll year long2 _
FigsALKAll year long2 _
Litchi (Lycii)ALKAll year long2 _
PeachesALKAll year long2 _
PearsALKAll year long2 _
PineappleALKAll year long2 _
PrunesACAll year long3
RaisinsALKAll year long2
Warning: Do NOT eat SULFURED dried fruits, as sulfur causes allergic reactions. Do NOT eat with ACID FRUITS, SUB-ACID FRUITS, MELONS, STARCHES, PROTIENS, and/or VEGETABLES!


Name of FoodpH BalanceWhen in seasonHours to digest
Banana MelonALKJul-Oct3 _
CantaloupeALKMay-Oct3 _
Casaba MelonALKJul-Nov3 _
Christmas MelonALKJul-Oct3 _
Honey Dew MelonALKMar-Oct3 _
Musk MelonALKJul-Oct3 _
Nutmeg MelonALKJul-Oct3 _
Persian MelonALKJun-Oct3 _
WatermelonALKApr-Sep2 _
Warning: Eat melons ALONE or LEAVE THEM ALONE!

Protein and carbohydrate concentrated foods

In order to breakdown the proteins that we ingest, the body utilizes acid. When we digest the protein that we receive from animal meat, a high level of hydrochloric acid is needed to properly break down the protein so that our bodies can process it properly. On the other hand, foods rich in carbohydrates require the use of the alkali within the body in order to be broken down properly. High carbohydrate foods that have been mixed with foods that are high in protein will not be digested, but will instead sit in the body fermenting, and thus producing indigestion, bloating, and/or gas. Unfortunately most of the meals that we eat are composed of both proteins and carbohydrates, thus ending in a digestive disaster. For instance many of us pair our large steaks with potatoes, and/or bread which hinders our body from digesting the meal properly, and only causes us more issues.

Most foods that are rich in protein are best digested when accompanied by a fresh green salad, or other such vegetables which are similar in content. In conjunction to this, other high protein foods such nuts and seeds work very well when paired up with fruits that are rich in acid such as oranges, pineapples blackberries, or strawberries. In addition to the acidic fruits, these high protein foods also work fairly well when paired up with sub-acid fruits such as apples, cherries, mangos, or peaches. The vitamin C in these fruits aids the digestion of the mixture, and can help the body when processing these foods for digestion.

1. Eating two concentrated proteins together
Each type of protein requires a specific character, strength and timing of digestive juice secretions. This means that no two types of concentrated protein should be consumed together as a meal. As an example, we do not recommend that you eat nuts, meat, eggs, cheese, or other any other foods rich in protein together. We also suggest that you do not eat two different types of animal protein together, which is hard to imagine if you are used to eating things such as turkey, bacon sandwich.

2. Protein and fats
Fat inhibits the secretion of the gastric juices needed to digest meat, fish, dairy, nuts, and eggs by as much as fifty percent. When high fat foods are eaten with foods rich in protein, the digestive breakdown of the fats is delayed until the gastric juices have completed breaking down the complex proteins first. This ultimately means that the fats will remain undigested in the stomach for a long period of time.

3. Acid fruits with carbohydrates
The enzyme in saliva which begins the breakdown of foods rich in starch content converts complex starch molecules into more simple sugars. In order to work, the enzyme requires that it be in a neutral or slightly alkaline state. The is typically the natural condition found in the mouth when the proper foods are being eaten. However, when foods heavy in acidic content are eaten, the action of the enzyme needed to break down the starches is halted because the state of the mouth has been altered. Thus, fruits which are are high in acidic content should not be eaten at the same time as sweet fruits or other starches. The combination of the two is what makes spaghetti, and other such dishes which combine tomatoes with starches (noodles) have that bloating effect on our body.

4. Acid fruits with protein
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons, pineapples and other acid fruits can be easily digested and produce no distress when eaten away from foods that are high in starch and/or protein content. However, when included in a meal that contains a heavy protein content, fruits which have a high acidic content seriously hamper the digestion of the proteins. This is in part what makes the typical breakfast of orange juice, bacon, eggs and toast such a digestive nightmare.

5. Starch and sugar
Eating starches which also contain sweets is not a good idea. While the food my produce more than enough saliva, the saliva contains minimal amounts of the enzymes needed to digest the starch because the sugar has turned the environment acidic. This is why fruit filled doughnuts are not good for our digestive tracts. The carbohydrates actually end up fermenting within the body due to the fact that they were not properly digested.

6. Consuming melons
Melons should not be consumed with any other foods. Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and the more exotic melons should always be eaten alone. Melons are meant to decompose quickly in the digestive system, which is what they will do if you do not include foods which will interfere with the process.

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