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On What Foods Should Be Taken Alone And Should Not Be Mixed With Other Foods 


This is an excerpt from An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook
(Andalusia, 13th c. - Charles Perry, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

On What Foods Should be Taken Alone and Should Not be Mixed with Other Foods . This is a chapter of much profit for guarding the health and escaping diarrhea, rotting of foods, and changes in their nature. Foods of slow digestion, when they are mixed in the early morning with foods that go down rapidly and digest easily, separate one apart from the other, and this is the cause of indigestion, diarrhea, acid production, and formation of bad bile. For this reason all foods that are dense and slow going down, contrary to the digestion, heavy on the stomach and long in digestion, should be eaten alone, not mixed with others, and not eaten except in case of intense hunger and a strong, true desire. Such are harisa, heads and meat of fat cattle, rice with milk, cheese pies, fatty stuffed dishes and the like. If these heavy dishes, slow to digest and to go down, are not eaten except alone and unmixed, since such mixing is corrupting and harmful, when they reach the stomach alone and the stomach turns, squeezes, and heats them, it cooks them and the nature is strengthened for digesting them, and the resulting mix is praise worthy; but when the stomach finds them mixed with others, it burns, inflames, and corrupts the light foods.

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