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The food separation diet was developed by Dr. H. Hay in response to personal experience. This diet was initially developed to prevent and cure illness but has since been pared down to the extent that it can today be seen as a weight reducing diet.
Protein containing foods and carbohydrate containing foods should be kept strictly separate from one another (hence the term food separation).
Separating these foods leads to improved digestion: proteins can be broken down more easily without carbohydrates, and vice versa.
According to Dr. Hay, acid forming foods (e.g. meat, fish, cheese) and alkaline forming foods (e.g. fruit, vegetables) should not be eaten at the same time. However there are also neutral foods (e.g. yoghurt, milk) which according to Hay mix well with proteins and carbohydrates whereas proteins and carbohydrates eaten together can lead to fermentation in the small intestine.
For the laymen amongst us that might seem reasonable, yet the Hay theory is outdated.
The Hay Plan diet includes the following:
A recommended break of 4 hours between meals.
Acid forming and alkaline forming foods should NEVER be mixed: 80% of daily food intake should be from alkaline forming foods and 20% from acid forming foods.
Conclusion:
Food separation is almost impossible as many foods consist of both acid forming and alkaline forming elements.
Unfortunately there has never been any real scientific evidence that this in fact an all-round healthy and logical diet.
Unfortunately there is also a misconception here: The dietís success is attributable not to food separation but simply to calorie reduced meals.
Unfortunately it doesnít achieve a fast weight loss either.
The theory that acid and alkaline forming foods cannot be digested easily when combined together is also outdated: Such foods can be digested equally well whether eaten together or separately.
Forget expensive food separation and having your favourite meat without potatoes; instead go for something with fewer calories which will work just as well as any food separation diet.


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