Complex Meals

So you are the sort who likes a gastronomic experience. Perhaps, you revel in food that can tickle all your taste buds simultaneously; food that can create sensations of sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami all at the same time. The thousands of taste buds on your tongue have been called into play, and your brain is reacting much like it is experiencing heaven on earth. Your body may beg to disagree.

In order to use the nutrition in your food, your body has to detect the type of nutrients in the food, its complexity (simple sugar versus complex sugar for example) and then generate the appropriate enzymes. Naturally, for each type of nutrient – fat, carb, protein, a different enzyme is produced. Therefore the complexity of your food determines the complex nature of your bodies response. The more the complex the food, the harder it gets for your body to cope. The effects of this can be felt in bloating, stomach ache, nausea, fatigue or even bad skin and rashes. If you persist on a regular basis, ultimately it will lead to the dreaded inflammation of your body. Nutritionists, therefore, advise you to eat simpler meals; one that does not combine food types.

The rules are simple. Eat carbohydrates such as vegetables or grains as far as possible by themselves. Eat proteins such as meat (especially beef and lamb), dairy, eggs, beans, and nuts separately. Always eat fruits or milk as a separate meal as they don’t combine with anything. Also, try and avoid eating fruits after a meal. In general, fats combine well with other food, and hopefully, you are eating food fats. If you are eating highly saturated fat or trans fat, your body has to produce extra acid to digest the complex nutrient. You will often feel acidic after such a meal. Was your brain lying to you about the pleasure you were feeling?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.