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There are certain food combinations believed to be dangerous to your health, even though the individual foods are healthy. Do you need to worry? In truth, most of these food combinations are avoided in certain cultures as a result of superstition or belief in the practice of Ayurveda. While Ayurveda is a form of ancient science that relies on observation, it also includes a lot of unmeasurable concepts regarding energy and spirit, and is not generally supported by modern science.
Some food combos can cause digestive distress in some people, but pretty much every human is sensitive to certain things. There can be no widespread determination that eating any combination of otherwise healthy food will kill you, but people with sensitive stomachs could be better off avoiding them.
Here are 6 food combination superstitions along with the germ of truth behind them.
1. Milk and Lemon
For starters, after infancy some people have difficulty digesting milk. And when lemon is added to warm milk, the milk gets curdled. It happens because a protein in milk called casein gets “precipitated” when the acid in lemon juice increases the acidity of the milk. Curdling is the result.
However, the curdling process happens incredibly slowly when lemon is added to cold milk. That’s how we can have and enjoy foods like lemon ice cream and lemon cream pie. Plus, curdled milk isn’t necessarily bad for you. When it happens as a result of spoilage, by all means, stay away. But milk is often intentionally curdled in the process of making cheese and yogurt.
Should you avoid it? Skip products with milk and lemon only if either of the individual ingredients bothers you, or if the milk is curdled because of spoilage.