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Food combining

Popular diet plans assessed

With a wide choice of diets out there to help with weight loss, choosing the right diet plan is not an easy task. Here we put food combining under the microscope so you can decide whether it is the right dieting method to aid your weight loss.

Food combining

The theory behind food combining


Food combing is a theory that certain foods should not be eaten at the same meal because it interferes with proper digestion. Protein-rich foods such as fish, meat, eggs and dairy products should be consumed separately from carbohydrate rich foods such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and sugary foods.

Our opinion on food combining
– marked out of 10.

Satisfying hunger 5
Good for health 4
Ease to follow 1
Expense 2
Overall rating 4

Overall verdict on food combining


There is no scientific evidence to prove that we need to separate the foods that we eat. The fact that food combining discourages high-fat and sugary foods probably lowers the overall calorie content of the diet; this will encourage weight loss.

Pros of food combining

  • Encourages the consumption of more fruit and vegetables.

Cons of food combining

  • Some plans restrict red meat and dairy foods, so it is important to ensure a balanced diet to allow for these food groups being missed out.
  • Can be difficult when you are eating out as many food combining plans encourage cooking from scratch.
  • Little advice around increasing physical activity and making permanent changes to eating habits.
Alcohol — allowed.
Suitable for vegetarians — yes.
Suitable for vegans — yes.
Suitable for coeliacs — yes.
Need to buy specialist foods — no.
Restaurant friendly — no, you may find it more difficult to eat out if following a food combining program. This is because many foods are supposed to be cooked from scratch and when dining out it is impossible to tell whether food has been prepared in this way.

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