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Food Combining - The Burger Effect - Part 1

Joseph Van Moorleghem

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Did you ever wonder why you feel so heavy after eating a couple of hamburgers?:

Obesity is often rumored to be caused by a combination of ones’ eating habits, a lack of physical activity, and the lack of awareness of what happens to ones’ own body. As results of research tend to prove that the body does not waste anything, it is safe to assume that if it receives extra rations, it will start stockpiling reserves. And it will always do this in the most efficient way possible.

What follows is not aimed at obese people who suffer from physical disorders that deregulate their digestive systems. Their obesity is caused by an illness, and they should trust their professional medically trained therapists if they have access to them.

The burger effect:

Good old fashioned logic or common sense would dictate that when one eats a single hamburger, there is not enough food in the stomach to fill it up. To continue with this fallacious approach, one could also assume that this prevents the individual from obtaining a feeling of satisfaction. When we are not satisfied or when we are still feeling hungry, we quite naturally tend to go for a second helping.

This way of thinking is, alas, splendidly and ironically missing the point in a most spectacular way. An average hamburger is typically a combination of meat, bread, a small amount of vegetables and herein precisely lays the actual problem.

Consider this: meat and bread put together in a stomach do not fit together very well. Why? Because to digest the meat, which is protein, the stomach will have to produce acid fluids and to digest the bread, which is starch, the stomach will have to release base fluids. In chemistry, it is well known that base fluids and acid fluids neutralize one another.

This reasoning is the foundation of food combining and is the result of Dr. Herbert M. Sheltons’ research into this field. In his book, “Food Combining, . . . made easy. ", that was published for the first time in 1951, he describes in detail how he researched and how he came to this conclusion.

The result is that the first phase of the digestive process is thrown into complete disarray. (Absorption of food through the mouth into the stomach, from where it is broken down further and then released into the intestine). Instead of digesting the meat in the usual 35 minutes it would normally take if the bread was not present in the stomach, the process will take up to four times longer. The same goes for the bread.

"No wonder!", you will think, “both the necessary fluids that are needed to digest these types of foods neutralize each other!" You are right of course, but that, unfortunately, is not all there is to it.

As the individual, who has eaten the hamburger, now has accumulated neutralized digestive liquids in the stomach, and nutrients at body temperature that are constantly being stirred around, a natural process of fermentation is set into motion.

This means that instead of processing the food, the stomach now has become the receptacle of a fermenting process. This causes a number of chemicals to be rearranged and some of these are quite toxic, in short, poisons are being produced. The quantities of toxins are very small, but they are present nonetheless and now, they will also be released into the next phase of the digestive process.

Eventually, the stomach copes with this fermenting broth and it is released into the bowels. Here, the body's digestive system will make the best of it while coping with contradicting elements. As the first law it obeys is always: “thou shall not waste", it breaks the surplus energy (that entered the body as food) into the most efficiently manageable parts, which include the small amounts of toxins that were created by the fermenting process, and stores it in the cells that were specifically designed to do this: the fat cells.

The result is obvious: instead of consuming the intake of energy, the body stores it, as this is the most efficient way of dealing with the numerous demands that it has to cope with. Indeed, normally, after a solid afternoon meal, the individual will not lie down to rest, but rather, he will continue his daily routine.

Since the brain consumes a staggering percentage of the available energy that the body has at its disposal (the rest of the body still has to be furnished with power as well) it is no wonder that the toxins created by the fermenting process in the stomach are also stored away into the fat cells, to be processed at a later time.

What preceded has a number of horrendously negative consequences for the individual who has eaten what seems to be a couple of “innocent" hamburgers. They are listed in order of importance in part 2 of this article.

Joe is webmaster for YouEatItYouWearIt since January 2008 when he decided that he would put up an internet site to share his dieting experience with anyone struggling with an overweight problem. He managed to lose more than 35 kilos (100 lbs) some 18 years ago and keep it that way. How he managed this is freely shared on for everyone to see and he publishes his articles on the subject here on Ezine Articles.


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