Re: Diet-Food Combining

ard (
Sat, 10 May 1997 16:32:22 +0200

> I think the food combining, even though nonsense, could have beneficial
> results.

After more than 20 years as a vegetarian, we know something about "food
combining". We have not read the "Fit For Life" book, but the information
we have has to do with the Essential Amino Acids (EAA). The eight EAA are
those which we cannot synthesize. Our protein pattern requires that we
consume these EAAs in relationship to each other at the same meal. If a
food is low in one of these EAAs, the usable protein is less. It is a bit
like building a stick man with Tinker-Toys. If it takes, four red sticks,
four blue sticks, and three round pieces to make a stick man and you have
four hundred red sticks, four hundred blue sticks and thirty round pieces,
you can make ten stick men. The rest of the red sticks and blue sticks are
useless for building stick men. The limiting amino acid determines how
much protein in a food is useable. The idea behind combining foods is that
you take one with lots of red sticks and round pieces but few blue sticks
and combine it with one that has losts of blue sticks and few red sticks or
round pieces and eat them at the same meal. Cultures all over the world do
this already. Rice and beans are just one example of combining two foods
which, by themselves are low in useable protein, but by combining them one
obtains much more useable protein.
For the skeptics..."Amino Acid Content of Foods and Biological Data on
Proteins, Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N., Rome, 1970"

Certainly it's better than a
> McDonald's diet.

McDonald's now offers a Vegi-burger.