This is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Meat and Potatoes Together

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Could meat and potatoes be causing you digestive problems? Numerous naturopathic doctors have linked the duo to such issues.




Do you eat your meat and potatoes together at the same meal? If you’re a vegetarian that answer is obviously a resounding “no,” but for millions of people it’s something they’ve probably never even thought twice about. The science of food combining is a relatively new one that yields different results in real life for different people, but according to one holistic doctor, there is a food combination you should think twice about eating: meat and potatoes, together. 

“He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy” is of course a common phrase and just one example of how eating these two favorite foods together has become ingrained in our DNA. 

It’s a practice that hasn’t been questioned much, but the truth is that eating meat and starches like potatoes together could cause side effects according to Dr. William Hay. 

Should you really stop eating your favorite Sunday meal of meat and potatoes? According to Dr. Hay, there is some information worth considering before you decide.   


The Meat and Potatoes Conundrum 

The science of food combining is not well known, but many naturopathic doctors have discovered some surprising situations. 

One of the biggest no-no’s is combining meat such as steak with high starch carbohydrates such as potatoes, or even buns with your hamburgers, according to Dr. Wayne Pickering, a longtime friend of fitness legend Jack Lalanne.

Dr. Wayne Pickering shared his reasons why in this article.

Starches require an alkaline digestive medium to digest,” he notes. But meat such as steaks require heavy acids to digest. “If you put your fist in your stomach while it’s digesting steaks and all that, chances are, you wouldn’t have a hand anymore. The acid is intense…” Taking digestive enzymes including amylase for breaking down carbohydrates can help to alleviate this problem, but there are still some concerns with how starches like potatoes and meat mix together according to the doctor. 

When you mix meat and starches together in the same meal, Dr. Pickering says, your body chemistry does not allow them to mix very well.

They neutralize…Then what happens? If the food is not digesting… it’s going through your body (undigested), throwing it into all kinds of turmoil.”

That type of turmoil may consist of: heartburn, discomforting gas, acid reflux, serious digestive issues and much more. To make matters worse, your body will be deprived of key nutrients from the food you just ate.

Of course, every body is different, so exercise caution and consult with a health professional and/or dietitian to make sure you are getting the best food combinations for your specific body type and situation. 


Did you know?

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Protease – for breaking down proteins in the body or on the skin. 

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One Doctor’s Personal Story of Cutting Out ‘Meat and Potatoes’ 

Cutting out the meat and potatoes (or bread and meat) in the same meal is one highly effective way that Dr. William Howard Hay, founder of the Hay Diet, was able to recover his health, and to shed pounds of fat.

Dr. William Hay

Dr. William Hay

Dr. Hay weighed 225 pounds and suffered from all numerous medical conditions including a dilated heart, which he found out about while attempting to catch a fast-moving train.

Using the simple plan of not eating proteins such as meat with starches, he began to treat himself and lost 50 pounds in about three months while recovering from his life-threatening heart condition.

Dr. Hay then went on to create the Hay Diet (discussed in this book from Doris Grant).

If you’ve noticed any of the symptoms above or had any health problems similar to Dr. Hay’s, it may be time to start eating your meat and potatoes separately and see what kind of differences you notice.

Health is complex, but at the end of the day this simple change could make a big difference in your health.

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