Q/ Does food com­bin­ing re­ally help with di­ges­tion?

Clean Eating - - LETTERS & ADVISORY BOARD - – SARAH THOMAS, ED­MON­TON, AB

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Food com­bin­ing is a philo­soph­i­cal ap­proach, not a sci­en­tif­i­cally proven method. Many vari­ables im­pact di­ges­tion such as the type of food and amount con­sumed, size of meals, med­i­ca­tions, sleep and stress. How­ever, com­bin­ing food groups such as car­bo­hy­drates with ei­ther pro­tein or fat (for ex­am­ple, fresh berries with yo­gurt) is ben­e­fi­cial for reg­u­lat­ing blood sugar. Many stud­ies show syn­er­gis­tic ef­fects when these food groups are eaten to­gether. If you have spe­cific di­ges­tive concerns, it can be use­ful to log your food in­take, the time of the meal and your symp­toms. Di­ges­tion is com­plex and the true trig­gers are not al­ways ob­vi­ous. Meet­ing with a gas­troin­testi­nal spe­cial­ist or a reg­is­tered di­eti­tian-nutri­tion­ist can help de­ter­mine tests and di­etary strate­gies to try. – HEATHER BAIN­BRIDGE

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