6 Wrong Food Combinations as per Ayurveda
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Food is the fuel that keeps us going, but it’s not just about what you eat; it’s also about how you eat it. Have you ever felt bloated, gassy, or uncomfortable after a meal? It could be because of the wrong food combinations you’ve consumed. Eating incompatible foods can lead to digestive issues, nutrient deficiencies, and other health problems. In this blog, we’ll explore six wrong food combinations that you must avoid for maintaining good health and how you can easily avoid them. So without any further delay, let’s get started.
Curd with Ghee
Starting with #1 on the list is Curd and Ghee – Adding a teaspoon of ghee over the meal keeps blood sugars in check, improves heart health, and helps cut that extra fat as well. But if you are having this meal with curd, then better watch out. Ayurveda states that both ghee and curd are superfoods in themselves, but their combination is heavy and sits like a pile of bricks on the digestive system. Having curd and ghee together is a sure-shot recipe to slow down your metabolism, making you lazy and lethargic. If you are having a problem losing weight, see if you are consuming these two foods together. Therefore, the next time you sit down to eat, top your meal with desi ghee or take curd. Since curd should not be consumed after sunset, keep it for breakfast or lunch and add ghee for dinner.
Tomato and Cucumber
At #2 is Tomato and Cucumber Salad before a meal is a choice of health consciousness. And no matter where you go, tomato and cucumber are two common ingredients in any salad. However, if you often consume tomato and cucumber together, Ayurveda advises that you should stop doing so. The properties of both tomato and cucumber oppose each other, which is why consuming them together confuses the digestive system. This is one reason why sometimes eating as healthy as a salad one faces gas and bloating. Eating them together is like putting water and petrol on fire at the same. So, the next time you make that plate of salad, choose one of the two.
Peanuts with Water
At #3 is “water after peanuts.” Munch on some peanuts, and it instantly triggers thirst. Yet, our elders would advise us to never drink water after having peanuts. Is it a misbelief, or is there a reason behind it? not just one, but two. Peanuts are rich in oils. And as per Ayurveda, oil and water don’t go well. Try adding water to any oil. It hardly combines. Consuming water after having nuts or foods with too much oil content in them may lead to the deposition of fat in the food pipe, resulting in respiratory irritation and coughing. Secondly, peanuts require a lot of heat to digest, but when water is gulped down, it hinders the digestion process. So, the next time you enjoy peanuts, remind yourself to keep a gap of at least 20 minutes.
Milk and Salt
Next on the list are milk and salt. Do you often suffer from skin problems? Check out this incompatible food combination in your diet. Bhujia with a glass of milk. Having milk just after a salty meal. Making the dough with milk. Using milk as a base for various savory curries. This list is long. According to Ayurveda, this antagonistic food combination produces toxins that block the subtle channels of the body. It makes the blood impure, which is why the Scriptures consider this combination to be among the main culprits behind kin problems. Salt, although, can be combined with milk products like curd, butter, buttermilk, cheese, and paneer, cannot be with milk, cream, or malai. Always keep a gap of at least 30 minutes.
Rice and Vinegar
At #5 are rice and vinegar. Is Chinese fried rice your go-to meal? Or do you like eating sirke wale pyaaz with rice? Or some vinegar-based pickle with rice? Well, Ayurveda has bad news for you. Rice and vinegar are a virus achaar i.e. incompatible food combinations according to Ayurvedic scriptures. Both rice and vinegar have antagonistic properties toward each other. When combined, they tend to increase the toxic overload on the liver. No wonder many people face digestion issues after eating a Chinese meal. So, it is smart to avoid vinegar with rice. Lemon juice is widely accepted as vinegar’s best substitute. Replace it and let your body take a sigh of relief.
Milk and Jaggery
Finally, at #6 are jaggery and milk. Are you drinking “gud wali” chai to avoid the harmful effects of refined sugar? Well, there is more to it. No doubt, jaggery is considered a treasure trove of medicinal properties in Ayurveda. But when mixed with milk, its qualities change. In fact, you can experiment with this. When jaggery is added to hot milk, it tends to curdle the milk. This combination weakens digestion. Why invite stomach problems like indigestion, gas, and acidity when there are much better substitutes available. Next time you wish to sweeten milk, use jaggery powder, thread mishri powder, or desi khand, but avoid jaggery. This not only solves the problem but also strengthens the bodily tissues and calms the mind. No wonder, our grandma used to give us milk with desi shakkar.
Food is one of life’s great pleasures, and eating should be enjoyable and satisfying. However, eating the wrong food combinations can leave you feeling sluggish, uncomfortable, and unwell. By avoiding these six wrong food combinations, you can help promote good digestion, optimal nutrient absorption, and overall good health. Remember to listen to your body and pay attention to how different foods make you feel. By making informed choices about what you eat and how you eat it, you can nourish your body and enjoy a healthy, happy life.
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