An Indian proverb says: "A person like a monkey who eats everything will become a horn (a sick person), not a yogi." Dr. Boris Akimov tells about what separate nutrition is and whether it is worth adhering to.
Separate nutrition is a very young business, its principles were formulated 80 years ago by Herbert Shelton, the famous American naturopath. He proceeded from the principles he learned from the works of our compatriot physiologist I. V. Pavlov. You can imagine what happens to incompatible foods that have entered the stomach, if milk is added to a glass of tea, and then jam (remember such a children's experiment?) - the milk curdles. Have you tried drinking milk after fish? The pleasure is below average! Therefore, there is a rational grain in a separate diet, especially for people with low enzymatic activity of the gastrointestinal tract. However, there are people (or rather stomachs) who will digest nails, but the conversation is not about them.
Here are the nine Shelton food rules:
- do not eat carbohydrates and sour foods together: bread, potatoes, peas, beans, bananas, dates and other carbohydrate foods cannot be eaten with lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, cranberries, tomatoes and other sour fruits;
- do not eat proteins and carbohydrates together: nuts, meat, eggs, cheese along with bread, cereals, cakes, sweet fruits;
- do not eat two different proteins together (for example, fish and poultry);
- do not eat fats and proteins together: cream, butter, sour cream, vegetable oil should not be eaten with meat, eggs, cheese, nuts and other proteins;
- do not eat sour fruits and proteins together: oranges, lemons, tomatoes, pineapples, cherries, sour plums, sour apples cannot be eaten with meat, nuts, eggs;
- do not eat starches and sugars together: jellies, jams, fruit butter, molasses sugar, syrups on bread or in one meal with cereals, potatoes, sugar with cereals;
- eat one starch at one meal: for example, do not eat potatoes with bread;
- do not eat watermelon and melon with any other food;
- milk is best taken separately or not taken at all.
The main principle of Shelton's system is "the simpler our dishes, the more efficient our digestion." This system, however, has been criticized by nutritionists. There is a theoretical basis for this: almost all consumed foods from meat to bananas contain proteins, fats and carbohydrates and, therefore, the composition of digestive enzymes is always the same. However, improper food composition can trigger a number of eating disorders and allergic reactions.
I adhere to some rules of separate nutrition, but I no longer rely on health considerations, but rather on my sense of taste: an apple or orange does not go into my mouth after a pork cutlet, but I will gladly eat them half an hour before lunch. I drink tea with dessert half an hour after the main meal. I do not interfere with meat and fish dishes. I prefer yoghurt to milk, and cheese to yoghurt. And of course, I won't offer red wine to fish, and white wine to meat!