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Proper food combining. There are sound physiological reasons for eating foods in compatible combinations. In other words, some foods, if mixed in the digestive system, will cause distress. The principles of food combining are dictated by digestive chemistry. Different foods are digested differently. Starchy foods require an alkaline digestive medium, which is supplied initially in the mouth by the enzyme ptyalin. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion - hydrochloric acid. Acids and bases (alkalis) neutralize each other. If you eat astarch with a protein, digestion is impaired or completely arrested. The undigested food mass can cause various kinds of digestive disorders.