10.Why science supports food combining : Food Combining Hay Diet

The full text of the book published by Bloomsbury. Author Peter Thomson

At long last the weight of medical and scientific opinion is agreeing with Dr Hay. Unfortunately the legacy of old textbooks and a huge processed food industry combined with a recent tradition of cakes, pies and puddings slows progress.

The results of the latest medical research:

  • The most dramatic revelation of modern science is that Lysine, an essential component of protein, is destroyed if proteins and starches are cooked together. Similar processes take place in our digestive system!

    Keep starch and protein separate!

Other medical research has concentrated on regions where diet related disease is particularly rare.

  • The traditional Cretan's food is rich in grains, vegetables and fruit, with a moderate amount of fish and cheese. They eat some poultry but little red meat. Olive oil is the main source of fat in the diet. Walnuts and purslane are thought to make a significant contribution to their low rate of heart attacks.

  • Heart patients were advised in a recent medical study to eat like Cretans. These patients were found to have a better chance of survival than those who follow the low cholesterol diet recommended by the American Heart Association!

  • Diabetes has now reached epidemic proportions and coronary artery disease is also increasing in Pacific Islanders who have adopted a sedentary lifestyle and a diet rich in Western-style junk food.

  • A diet rich in starch, not just fibre, may be a major protective factor against bowel cancer, say nutritionists in Medical Research Council's Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre in Cambridge, according to a report in New Scientist.

  • A report from doctors at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, suggests that slightly raised levels of cholesterol in the blood only increase the risk of heart attacks in heavy smokers, those with a family history of heart disease, or those very overweight. But a low fat, high natural starch diet will still keep you fitter.

  • Researchers at Reading Institute of food research have discovered that a low fat, high carbohydrate meal at breakfast produces the maximum mental alertness for the rest of the morning.