We all love to eat a variety of foods all through the day. However, not all foods are compatible with each other.
We all love to eat a variety of foods all through the day. However, not all foods are compatible with each other. Food incompatibilities have been known to cause severe reactions in the body.
Since food plays a vital role in maintaining good health and building immunity against diseases; one must know what to eat, when to eat and with what not to eat. While modern science may not consider the incompatibilities within food categories, Ayurveda, the age old Indian system of traditional medicine believes consumption of incompatible foods must be avoided.
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The basis of this belief lies in the fact that Ayurveda believes in all foods possessing different characteristics. According to this ancient Indian system of medicine, all foods have characteristic Guna (traits), Rasa (taste), Virya (potency), Prabhava (effect) and Vipaka (effects post digestion).
Different foods have different effects on our digestive system and body depending upon the age. According to Ayurveda, whenever foods with different traits, tastes, potency and post digestion effects are consumed, the digestive system is burdened with production of incompatible fluids and sometimes even toxins. It is therefore, important that no incompatible foods should be consumed to avoid allergic or harmful reactions within the body. What is also important is having a balanced diet, rich in all key nutrients and sufficient in the calories required to keep the digestive system in good health.
Incompatible foods when consumed together may lead to indigestion, fermentation, acidity, gastro-entitis, putrefaction and in some extreme cases, toxemia. Many chronic ailments may also sprout from the consumption of incompatible foods over a long period of time.
According to Ayurvedic system of medicine, the following food combinations need to be avoided as they are incompatible with each other:
- Fruits – fruits, especially citric and watery fruits like oranges, melons, grapes etc should not be taken with dairy products like – milk, egg and curd. Exceptions to this rule are mangoes, bananas and strawberries.
- Eggs – these should not be eaten with watery fruits like water melon, musk melon, etc. eggs also do not go well with beans, curd and fish.
- Beans – should be avoided with milk, fish, fruits and cheese.
- Honey – it should never be cooked or boiled with an equal amount of ghee.
- Hot drinks – one should never combine hot drinks like milk, tea, coffee or soups with curd, fish, meat, starch, cheese or mangoes.
- Lemons – Milk and lemons do not gel together.
- Melon – melon is one fruit which should largely be consumed alone. They should not be combined with any dairy product; any other fruit, fried foods, grains and not even water should be had with melons.
- Milk – it is largely incompatible with bananas, cherries, curd, meat, fish, melons, sour fruits and yeast bread.
Being incompatible does not imply that these foods cannot be cooked or consumed together. It also does not mean that their being incompatible will be evident immediately. However, managing incompatible foods is difficult for the body and the digestive system. While some people will demonstrate immediate reactions to such food combinations others might be just fine. It is important to know that reactions to incompatible foods may vary from person to person depending upon factors like - age, immunity, health condition and susceptibility; exceptions being a possibility always.