Having digestive issues or feeling fatigued after a delicious meal must be a bad experience. Bloating, cramping, and general discomfort after eating a meal is what no one looks forward to. Instead of leaving us full of energy and satisfied, we feel sluggish and uncomfortable. What can we do? In this article, we’re going to reveal some of the common food combination mistakes you should definitely avoid from Dr Manish Tiwari (DM, Gastroenterology):
1) Fruits After A Meal
The ideal way to consume fruits is one hour before the meal as they work as an appetiser. If fruits are consumed immediately after a meal, all the nutrients don’t get absorbed properly. Try to give at least a gap of thirty minutes between meal and a fruit snack. “A person should definitely have one seasonal fruit each day and if you feel hungry at night then instead of junk or unhealthy food, eat fruits.”, according to Dr Manish Tiwari.
2) Water With Meals
According to Dr Manish Tiwari, you should avoid water in between or immediately after a meal as it causes discomfort and may interfere with your digestion. Keep a gap of at least 30 minutes between your meal and water intake. This will help in proper absorption of required nutrients by the body.
In addition, you also should avoid the following combos:
3) Tea After Meal
Tea contains tannins, which hampers absorption of nutrients from the meal. Immediately after a meal, tannic acid that caffeinated beverages contain can bind food iron and protein and prevent absorption of these important nutrients.
4) Banana and Milk
When you combine banana and milk, it is considered as one of the heaviest for the stomach. Banana turns sour in the stomach and causes milk to curdle, resulting in heaviness. This is why people with bad digestive systems should avoid this combination. Another reason is that dairy products are heavy and adding fruits like banana to them will make you feel bloated.
5) Yogurt with Fruit
Ayurveda and food combining theory, don’t advise mixing any sour fruits with dairy as it can diminish digestive fire, change the intestinal flora, produce toxins and cause sinus congestion, cold, cough and allergies. Ayurveda suggests avoiding congestive and digestive fire dampening foods like cold yogurt mixed with fruits. However, if you can’t resist the temptation of a yogurt parfait, there are ways to make it more digestion friendly. First of all, go for a room temperature natural unflavored yogurt. Secondly, mix a little bit of honey, cinnamon, and raisins instead of sour berries.