Acid, sub-acid, sweet. If these aren’t terms you generally think of when picking out your pomegranates, papayas, and persimmons then you may need a lesson in how you pick and pair the fruits you eat.
Fruit typing is part of the overall concept of food combining, which follows the thinking that foods digest at different rates and ingesting an improper mix of foods can cause fermentation within the digestive system, slowing transit time and leading to bloating and possible bacterial imbalances.
The basic rules: Fruits should be consumed alone on an empty stomach; starches with cooked non-starchy vegetables; flesh proteins and dairy with cooked non-starchy vegetables; and nuts and seeds with raw vegetables.
“Proper food combining puts less effort and strain on our digestive system and faster, easier digestion increases the bioavailability of food,” says Mark Hendricks, group fitness manager at Toronto’s Bay Street Club, who follows the protocol himself and advises clients to do the same. “We want our bodies to utilize the nutrients we ingest and this assists in the process and leads to healthy elimination as well.”