Food Combining Chart for Good Digestion

food-combiningThis simple food combining chart can help most anyone with poor digestion, digestive problems or even digestive disorders.

Foods require different digestive juices, enzymes and lengths of time for digestion.

If you have good digestion and eat small meals, you can generally combine different food groups with no negative results. But if you have poor digestion, the food combining chart below can help.

Why? People with constant digestive system problems need to simplify.

And using a food combining chart is often the simple logical solution that can make all the difference in solving poor digestion problems.

Simple Food Combining Chart for Good Digestion

By combining only foods that require the same gastric juices, food combining makes good digestion easier, leading to better health.

One food at a meal creates the easiest, best digestion. But when you do combine foods, use this food combining chart to choose combos.

  Food Groups Eat with Do Not Eat with
High Protein Food All non-starchy vegetables Starches and Grains and Fruits
Non-starchy Vegetables High Protein Foods OR Starches & Grains Melons
Starches and Grains All non-starchy vegetables High Protein foods and fruit
All Fruits (except melon) Most fruits are okay to eat with most any other fruit Don’t combine with other food groups
Melons Eat alone with no other food Don’t eat melon with any other foods
Healthy Fats and Oils Any food group except fruit Fruits and Melons

Healthy high protein foods include lean poultry, omega 3 fish, raw nuts and seeds, low-fat dairy and most types of beans and legumes.

Non-starchy vegetables are asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, green leafy vegetables like green lettuce, spinach and kale, parsley, red and green peppers, etc. Tomatoes, although a fruit, may be eaten with non-starchy vegetables.

Starches and grains include brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain breads and pasta, beets, corn, lima beans, potatoes and winter squash.

Fruits and Melons should not be combined with other food groups. While most fruits can be mixed, melons are best eaten alone.

Healthy Fats and Oils, mainly virgin olive oil, omega 3 fish oils and very small amounts of organic butter, should be eaten sparingly.

Eat small meals 4 to 6 times a day. Allow at least one hour, preferably two, between meals. To help eliminate poor digestion problems even faster, include good quality digestive enzymes taken before every meal.

Food Combining for Good Digestion and Health

Healthy eating, based on high fiber foods from the list of vegetables, fruits list and list of whole grains, plus healthy high protein foods, including the beans list and list of nuts, provide great nutrition for great health.

But what happens to all this good food if you don’t have good digestion?

Although using the food combining chart takes a big commitment, if you’re suffering from poor digestion problems, it’s well worth the effort!

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  1. says

    I have been a food combiner for many years and made up my own chart but it would be nice to have a professional one to print out.

    Thanks, anyway, for an interesting article.

  2. KAT says

    Is there a print button to get only the chart printed out without the other ads, etc.? Thanks for your help.

    • says

      Hi Kat,

      We’re working on adding a print functionality to all of our articles that would exclude the ads. I’ll let you know when we have that completed.

      Thanks for your feedback!


  3. Susie Wald says

    I found your article very interesting. Having Celiac Disease I’m often concerned about getting sufficient fibre and ensuring adequate absorption of all the essential nutrients. Good digestion is always important for good health. Thanks for this info.and hoping to learn more about best food combinations to facilitate digestion.

    • says

      You’re welcome, Susie! I’m glad you found the information useful. And just so you know. I have plans on writing more about this topic. So…stay tuned. :-)

    • says

      Thanks, Marie!! I invite you to look around the site to see what else we have to offer and stay tuned because we’ll be adding more on this subject as well. Let me know if you have any questions.

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