That sounds like a silly or confusing question, does not it?
Well, the answer is yes if you just think about that literally, but indeed eating is not that simple. You need to follow the “sequence of eating” to get it right, to get the most of the nutrients benefiting your body and to get healthy.
Basically eating foods with wrong sequence can make you sick. Have you ever fallen sick after a big party? Have you ever threw up after week end gathering dinner? Have you ever got nauseus after dinner?
Just like the classic example of building a house. You cannot install the roof before finishing constructing the wall, and you cannot raise the wall before finishing the foundation of the house. In nature there is a mandatory sequence that cannot be over-turned just for the sake of practicality or fashion maybe?
What is the right sequence to eat food?
The answer of that question will answer that first question “How to Eat Right”. In today’s atmosphere of globalization, we can easily get access to various foods originated from all around the world. In Europe and North America in the past there were not as many as nowadays’ choices of food.
Many “new” foods listed in the restaurant menus. Really new foods have populated the menu list in restaurants, cafes and other places where you can eat exotic foods. Those foods could be for appetizer or for the main course. I am not going to list those foods here because that is beyond the purpose of this article, but I am sure you know what I mean.
Basic type of foods
Modern cooking creates food that is based on these five main basic types:
- Dairy products
Why fruit is listed first? Good question! That is because that is how you must eat it first – in the first place – before eating the other type of foods later in the course. Fruit is the most “liquid” type of food. Don’t take it literally. I say it is liquid in the sense of “easier to digest” than the other foods in the list. More than 80% of fruit’s content is water and free of cholesterol. Don’t be mislead: cholesterol-free does not necessarily mean fat-free. Some fruits contain enzymes. Fruits are generally high in fiber, minerals, vitamin C and sugars, although this latter varies widely.
A vegetable is an edible plant or part of a plant, but usually excludes seeds and most sweet fruit. This typically means the leaf, stem, or root of a plant.
The non-biological definition of a vegetable is largely based on culinary and cultural tradition. Therefore, the application of the word is somewhat arbitrary and subjective. For example, some people consider mushrooms to be vegetables even though they are not biologically plants, while others consider them a separate food category.
Some vegetables can be consumed raw, some may be eaten cooked, and some must be cooked in order to be edible. Vegetables are most often cooked in savory or salty dishes. However, a few vegetables can be used in desserts and other sweet dishes, such as pumpkin pie and carrot cake. A number of processed food items available on the market contain vegetable ingredients and can be referred to as “vegetable derived” products. These products may or may not maintain the nutritional integrity of the vegetable used to produce them. [*]
In lay-men language they call it flour. In food science and in many informal contexts, the term carbohydrate often means any food that is particularly rich in the complex carbohydrate starch (such as cereals, bread, and pasta) or simple carbohydrates, such as sugar (found in candy, jams, and desserts). [**]
Easy carbohydrate such in sugar and white flour is very easy to digest. People who is starving will get relieved very quickly from these sources. That is why some people addicted to sugar. They are always craving for sugar.
Meat is obtained from animal flesh that is eaten as food. Generally, this means the skeletal muscle and associated fat and other tissues, but it may also describe other edible tissues such as offal. Often, meat is used in a more restrictive sense—the flesh of mammalian species (pigs, cattle, lambs, etc.) raised and prepared for human consumption, to the exclusion of fish and other seafood, poultry, and other animals. Usage varies worldwide, depending on cultural or religious preferences.
Meat can be broadly classified as “red” or “white” depending on the concentration of myoglobin in muscle fibre. When myoglobin is exposed to oxygen, reddish oxymyoglobin develops, making myoglobin-rich meat appear red. The redness of meat depends on species, animal age, and fibre type: Red meat contains more narrow muscle fibres that tend to operate over long periods without rest, while white meat contains more broad fibres that tend to work in short fast bursts. The meat of adult mammals such as cows, sheep, goats, and horses is generally considered red, while domestic chicken and turkey breast meat is generally considered white. [***]
Dairy products are generally defined as food produced from the milk of mammals (the Food Standards Agency of the United Kingdom defines dairy as “foodstuffs made from mammalian milk”). They are usually high energy-yielding food products. A production plant for the processing of milk is called a dairy or a dairy factory. Apart from breastfed infants, the human consumption of dairy products is sourced primarily from the milk of cows, yet goats, sheep, yaks, camels, and other mammals are other sources of dairy products consumed by humans. Dairy products are commonly found in European, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine, whereas they are unknown in traditional East Asian cuisine. [****]
How does “How to Eat Right” work?
You have to follow ” How to combine the right foods” and maintain the sequence of what to eat first and what to eat later correctly. As said before, fruit is the first to eat because fruit contain mostly water, fruit is very easy to digest. That way once you chew and swallow the fruit, it will go to your stomach and stay there for a while, while being digested by the enzymes secreted in the stomach.
In the contrary, meat is the most difficult to digest. Meat contains protein fibers that need longer time to digest. If you eat meat and carbohydrate first then fruit later, that combination of sequences will give burden unnecessarily to your digestion system.
As by nature fruit tends to digest easily and quicker than meat, fruit then tries to go down entering the small intestine; but unfortunately it is blocked by meat and carbohydrate that you ate prior to eating fruit.
It is kind of mandatory if you do not want to experience problem with your stomach after big party, you must try at your best to eat fruit first before eating any thing else.
If that is impossible because our culture tends to serve fruit later after the big meal, try to delay eating fruit as long as you can; or just eat a small amount of it. By delaying eating food in the end of the course, you are giving an opportunity for your stomach to digest all meat, carbohydrate and vegetables already consumed. Let them go down into the small intestine first.
Fruit and vegetable are safe if combined as the mostly contain water, you can eat both of them at the same time but remember that however, fruit is the “fastest runner”. Vegetable contain more fibers than fruits, that is why it is slower to digest than fruit.
Number 3 on the list is carbohydrate that basically can be eaten together with meat. Do not eat too much carbohydrate as it easily converted to sugar; and sugar is not good for 2 reason:
- Causing diabetes
- Causing heart problem by inflaming your body. Inflamed body is bad and especially inflamed blood vessels can lead to causing heart attack
Dairy Product is still a controversy. Some experts say not to consume milk because they say cow milk composition does not match human milk. Other experts say that it is better to consume soy milk as long as the consumers do not have breast cancer. Also some say that soy product like tofu is not as good as fermented soy product as tempeh. This is in relation of the development of breast cancer which is discussed whether breast cancer requires chemo or not. This dairy product issue is beyond this article. You can study yourselves by going to the Internet.