Re: "Food combining"
Sat, 10 May 1997 00:00:37 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 5/9/97 8:16:29 PM, wrote:

>Are you all saying that there is definately no evidence that food combining
>has any benefits, in and of, its own rights (the combining part, not the
>content)? I have never studied it that much, but I have friends that try to
>follow it. Is there simply a lack of evidence supporting it, or is there
>actually evidence contrary to it?

Well, there's nothing showing it's harmful, to my knowledge, and I'd be a bit
surprised if somebody did show it was harmful. There have been a few animal
studies showing that combining foods (protein and carbohydrate) doesn't
affect digestion.

My take on this (and some similar issues, like ketotic diets) is that if
people recommend major lifestyle changes without scientific backing, both
past and planned, they are *dangerous*. People like that are slaves to their
memes, and uncontrolled memes can cause a lot of pain and suffering. If you
know somebody is seriously irrational about their life's work, why should you
listen to *anything* they say?

>Just wondering. Personally, I take plant
>enzymes with my meals, and it aids digestion quite well. In fact, even if
>food combining did have any merits, I think enzymes would make food combing
>obsolete. I don't mean to get into a discussion, at this time, about
>enzymes, I just thougt I'd mention it. Thanks.

Well, I swear by Beano, which is a fungal enzyme.