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4 food pairings you should best avoid

Unfortunately, these food combinations aren’t a good idea

Not everything that tastes good together should be eaten together. Certain combinations of foods create confusion in our stomach and can trigger indigestion. Although most of the foods presented here have many health beneficial properties and provide us with essential nutrients, some people may experience symptoms when interacting with other foods.

1. Tomato with mozzarella

Sad but true: sadly, the popular fresh tomato and mozzarella combination doesn’t go well with our stomach. Tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family and naturally contain solanine. This substance protects plants from predators and is slightly toxic to humans. It becomes dangerous only from a very high dosage, which cannot be achieved with a balanced diet. But large quantities of raw tomatoes still pose a challenge to our stomach: if you pair them with hard-to-digest foods like cheese, abdominal pain, a feeling of fullness and unpleasant stomach cramps are inevitable. Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat tomatoes. You also don’t have to completely avoid relatively low-fat mozzarella. The combination alone can cause unwanted discomfort in people with sensitive stomachs.

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2. Fruit and yogurt

Actually a breakfast classic, but quite problematic for our digestion: fruit with yogurt. Yogurt and dairy products are rich in protein and remain in the stomach for a long time. If you eat fresh fruit such as bananas, grapes or apples, chewed sugary chyme also stays longer in your stomach. The fructose in fresh fruit then triggers a fermentation process in which gases are formed. The result: abdominal pressure, a feeling of fullness, belching and abdominal pain. Of course, not everyone has such complaints after consuming fruit along with yogurt, but if you’re already sensitive to certain foods, you should be careful here.

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3. Red wine and lentils

Alcohol generally has an inhibitory effect on the absorption of nutrients from food. However, our bodies are particularly bad at absorbing iron from food when red wine is involved. The tannins in red wine also inhibit the absorption of iron. So if you eat lentils because of the high iron content, but drink red wine with them, you are doing yourself a disservice. The combination of alcohol and high-fat foods is equally problematic. A glass of beer with a cheeseburger? This is not a good idea, as the body first breaks down the alcohol and immediately stores the fat from the burger as a reserve in the fat cells.

4. Black tea and milk

Black tea has many health benefits. Strongly fermented tea is rich in antioxidants that can have an anti-inflammatory effect. At the same time, black tea has a stimulating effect because the tea leaves contain caffeine. Now, if you add milk to your tea, you neutralize many of the healthful effects of the hot drink. Because milk proteins bind many of the antioxidants. Our bodies can no longer absorb antioxidants. At the same time, the caffeine in tea prevents our body from processing the calcium in milk.

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