We all know that our health depends a lot on the foods we choose to eat. That is why it should not only be tasty, but also good for our body. However, sometimes the wrong combinations of ingredients can damage all the health you were trying to achieve.
We will tell you about 5 food combinations that are best to avoid.
Cocoa + Milk
Cocoa is rich in oxalic acid, which blocks calcium absorption. When combined with calcium, this acid contributes to the formation of oxalate crystals, which in excessive amounts are harmful to the kidneys.
Of course, a cup of hot cocoa a week won’t hurt, but be careful about that, especially if you have kidney problems.
Tip: Fat makes it easier to absorb oxalate, so if you’re prone to kidney stones, make cocoa with skim milk.
Salad + Lemon Or Vinegar Dressing
Many vitamins and other valuable nutrients (such as carotenoids) found in vegetables require fat for proper absorption. Whenever we season our salads with only lemon or vinegar, we avoid many healthy foods.
Tip: If you are not a fan of vegetable oils (although they are so amazing, they help us stay young and beautiful), you might consider adding other high-fat items to your salad: an avocado, olives, or some walnuts.
Cheese Pasta + Tomatoes
The starchy carbohydrates in the pasta begin to be digested in the mouth. This is done with the help of a special yeast, ptyalin, which is found in our saliva.
Tomatoes, on the other hand, contain acids (malic, oxalic, citric) that, even in small quantities, decompose this yeast. This makes it difficult for the starch to digest. The proteins found in cheese can also make this condition worse.
Tip: Non-acidic fresh or roasted veggies and greens (like basil) can be a great addition to your pasta!
Eggs + Bacon
This combination that we all love is rich in protein and scientists believe that it is not so good for our health. Our body uses a lot of energy to digest these products.
So after having eggs and bacon for breakfast, we deprive ourselves of much-needed energy earlier in the day.
Tip: Replace the bacon with tomato. The antioxidant selenium, found in eggs, is best digested with the acids provided by tomatoes. And the lycopene in tomatoes has better health effects when combined with the vitamin E from the egg yolk.
Bran + Milk
The phytic acid found in bran forms insoluble compounds when combined with calcium and magnesium. It also makes these minerals inaccessible to the body.
This acid is also found in wheat and oat grains but in smaller amounts. That is why it is not recommended to combine these products with milk very often.
Also, scientists advise you to drink milk separately, 1-1.5 hours after a meal.
Tip: Boil the bran beforehand because the heat treatment breaks down the phytic acid.