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Do You Know Nutrition: Timeless foods

By By Phylis Canion
Feb. 5, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 4, 2013 at 8:05 p.m.


Are there certain foods that should never be combined with each other?

It is best not to combine starch and acids. As an example, citrus juices and bread cannot be digested together as well as cereals with berries, oranges, pineapple or acidic foods.

Proteins, which include nuts, seeds, eggs, cheese and flesh foods are best not combined with potatoes, lima beans, squash, grains and carrots because protein-based foods will excite acids in the stomach while the starch or carbohydrate foods will start the alkalis flowing, which will result in the two instantly neutralizing each other, forming a watery solution and digesting each other.

As a result, the food then rots inside the digestive track. The rotting food causes digestive stress including bloating, gas, heartburn and so on. The blood stream absorbs the toxins produced from the putrefaction results in allergies, hives and nausea. Desserts and fruits eaten at the end of a meal is not a good combination, as they sit on top of the carbohydrates and protein consumed, creating fermented alcohols, vinegars and acetic acids. Melons should always be eaten alone.

Are there foods that will never rot, spoil or expire?

In all of my research, and travels abroad, I believe there are only five foods that would never rot, spoil or expire. Honey, according to Egyptian history, was found in King Tut's tomb still to be delicious. While honey may crystallize, simply heat it and it will return to its natural state of sweetness. Ghee, a clarified butter, is made by boiling and stirring butter until the water has evaporated, leaving the milk solids at the bottom and clarified butter at the top.

The two are separated, and the ghee gets jarred and sealed. When properly made, it needs no refrigeration and can last for hundreds of years. While originally used in India, ghee is very popular around the world. If kept dry, sugar will last forever. Soy sauce is immortal and dates back to 1645 in Japan. Legend has it that if there were a nuclear apocalypse, only Twinkies (must be that thiamine mononitrate, better known as coal tar, in them) and roaches would survive. I cannot confirm that.

Thought for the week: Don't doubt life - live life.

The next free nutrition class in Victoria will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Organic Emporium.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at doc.phyl@yahoo.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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