Food Groups that Can't be Mixed

  • 29 May 2019

Most people are getting more conscious about adding more vegetables and fruits to their diet. Because both are considered as carbohydrates, most would think that it would be okay to mix them in a salad or a dish.

However, it is important to realise that in reality, fruits and vegetables should not be eaten together and certain types of fruit shouldn't be paired up too. This is because of the time it takes to digest each type of fruit and vegetables.


Never combine melons with any other fruit. This is because of their high water content, making them more digestible than other fruits. Types of melons include watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew.

Sweet and acidic fruits

Do not mix acidic fruits (grapefruits, strawberries) or sub-acidic fruits (apples, peaches, pomegranates) with sweet fruits (bananas, raisins). This is because it affects the digestion. You can mix the acidic fruits with the sub-acidic ones though.

Guavas and bananas are also not a good pair because they at cause nausea, headache and acidosis.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits are digested quicker and are even thought to already be partially digested even before reaching the stomach. Because of their high sugar content, they can hinder the digestive process of vegetables.

Oranges and carrots are not a good pair either, they may cause heartburn and excess bile reflux.

High starch and high protein

Very few fruits are starchy but many vegetables are (corn, potatoes, water chestnuts). They should never be eaten with high protein food (guava, spinach, broccoli) because they are digested differently by the body. The stomach produces more acid to digest protein; while more alkaline is used to digest starch.

Source: Times of India

Photo source: American Heart Association

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