Why it should be salad and meatballs, not spaghetti and meatballs!

Salad greens are the perfect food combination with protein. If you eat protein with starchy heavy carbs, your body has difficulty digesting this.

Since leafy greens like salad take a shorter time to digest, the stomach can concentrate on digesting the protein instead of having it wait in the stomach for the starches to spend many hours slowly digesting in your small intestines.

You see, different foods digest in different areas of your digestive system. Proteins are digested mainly in the stomach, with the presence of hydrochloric acid. This is what breaks down meat. 

Carbohydrates are broken down in our mouths and primarily in the small intestine.

Veggies help to move along other foods because they contain a lot of fiber.

So we’re good combination is a protein with vegetables. If we eat starchy carbohydrates with proteins, carbohydrates get digested first and the proteins just to sit in the stomach, waiting. This leads to rotting proteins in your stomach, gas and stinky poops! 

So fish and greens. Not fish and rice! So chicken and vegetables. Not chicken and pasta! Steak with sautéed mushrooms and a salad. Not steak with roasted potatoes!

What happens when you combine foods that are incompatible? Farting. Upset stomach. Heartburn. Bloating. Things like that.

So, it’s your meatballs with salad! Not with spaghetti.


Season your salad greens with a squeeze of lemon. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Eat your meatballs with salad not spaghetti. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
What are your favorite veggie protein combinations?



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