During his lifetime, Edgar Cayce gave over 14,000 readings, of which a significant number were nutrition related. He specifically stated that there were certain foods that should, and should not be, combined for optimal digestion and absorption.

  • Avoid adding milk or cream to coffee and tea.

Cayce stated this combination created sludge in the intestines and was hard on the digestion. According to the Readings, coffee drank by itself, without any other foods or beverages, was considered to act as a food. If you’re used to adding milk or cream to your coffee/tea, it takes a while to get used to doing without it but I think it actually taste better this way.

  • Avoid milk and citrus fruit or juice at the same meal.

If you’ve ever combined milk and orange juice in a cup, you’ll notice they curdle. So, although this is a popular recommendation for the all American breakfast, it likely has a detrimental effect on digestion. Cayce also stated to avoid combining cereal and citrus at the same meal.

  • Eat citrus fruit alone.

Sure, invite a friend, but what Cayce meant was do not combine citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc.) with other foods or fruits. Since these fruits are high in vitamin C, it seems the reason behind this is for easy absorption of this vitamin without interference from other foods.

  • Avoid large quantities of starch with meat or cheese.

Cayce stated this combination was difficult on the digestion and thought to produce poisons or toxins in the body. The reason appears to be the effect the pH one food group has on the other. Protein foods such as meat and cheese are digested by hydrochloric acid which has a very acidic pH of 1.5-3.0 and pepsin, an enzyme, whose pH is 1.5-1.6. In contrast, the digestion of starchy foods such as breads and rice begins in the mouth with salivary amylase whose pH is approximately 6.8 which is closer to alkaline; digestion continues in the small intestine by pancreatic amylase whose pH is 6.7-7.0. It is thought by researchers that when large quantities of starch are combined with proteins that the pH of the starches dilutes the pH of the proteins thus neutralizing the effect. This halts the digestive process thus creating toxins in the body due to the presence of undigested food in the intestinal tract.

  • Avoid double starches.

Cayce recommended against eating double starches. A perfect example is eating beans and rice at the same meal, a popular combination among Hispanics. This is a high starch combination which puts a lot of stress on the pancreas to maintain normal blood sugar after digestion. Ethnic groups that eat this combination regularly have a high rate of diabetes.

  • Eat a ratio of three above-the-ground vegetables to one below-the-ground vegetable.

An example of this 3:1 ratio would be having broccoli, yellow zucchini, bell pepper and red potatoes at dinner. Although Cayce is not here for us to ask, my feeling is that the reason for this combination is because it provides a high amount of vitamins, mineral, and phytochemicals, which are plant chemicals that have a protective effect against disease. It is also low in carbohydrate as non-starchy veggies (broccoli, zucchini, bell pepper) contain an average of 5 grams per serving versus starchy veggies (potatoes) which contain approximately 15 grams of carbohydrate per serving. This low-carbohydrate combination provides a protective effect against developing diabetes.

  • Eat fish, fowl or lamb instead of beef or pork.

Many of Cayce’s diet recommendations are in line with the Bible. Για παράδειγμα, Cayce states that pork should be avoided except for occasional extra crisp bacon. The Bible in Leviticus 11 states that the pig is unclean and should not be eaten. I’m not sure why extra crisp bacon is permitted, but expect that when bacon is cooked long enough to be extra crisp, most of the toxins are cooked out. The Bible also states that humans should only sea animals with fins and scalesfish. Therefore, catfish, crabs, clams, lobsters, mussels, octopi, oysters, shrimp, squid, etc. should not be consumed. Many of these types of seafood are bottom-dwelling scavengers that are considered unclean.

  • Avoid combining sugary foods and starchy foods together.

Although I have to confess I love it, pie is a good example of a starch and sugar combination to avoid. The Readings stated that combining starches and sugars could cause an alcoholic fermentation in the intestines. Better desserts recommended were ice cream, puddings or custards.