What Not to Pair: Disastrous Food Combinations
by Staff
Theories abound about what food combinations are disastrous for your health. Take this quiz with a grain of salt, though -- we're not advocating any one theory, just giving you some ideas on what not to eat for your next dinner.

According to a 2008 study, you might not want to have this with your morning coffee.

  • eggs
  • cereal
  • fruit
  • pancakes
  • bacon

Why does orange juice taste so awful after you've brushed your teeth?

  • Citrus and mint are opposing flavors on the "taste wheel."
  • Certain compounds in the toothpaste bring out the bitter flavors in the orange juice.
  • The acid in the orange juice becomes extra acidic when it combines with the toothpaste.

If you're making a salad, what kind of dressing should you avoid?

  • low-fat
  • full-fat
  • olive oil-based

According to Kosher dietary laws, what two food groups should not be eaten in the same meal?

  • dairy and fruit
  • fruits and grains
  • meat and dairy
  • fruits and vegetables

For those keeping Kosher, why can't meat and dairy be eaten together?

  • Religious laws forbid the eating of milk and meat at the same time.
  • Meat and dairy are hard to digest when eaten together.

Which meats are forbidden under kosher law?

  • pork and shellfish
  • fish and chicken
  • beef and pork
  • turkey and beef
  • shellfish and chicken

Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, has many rules about how combining foods affects your health. According to ayurvedic medicine, which foods should never be eaten together?

  • grains and meat
  • vegetables and sweets
  • fruit and meat
  • dairy and citrus
  • alcohol and vegetables
  • grains and vegetables

The meat and dairy combination is also avoided in ayurveda. Why?

  • it's believed that they disturb digestion when consumed together -- basically, the same reason as in kosher law
  • because cows are sacred in India, and their meat and milk should never be eaten together

Ayurvedic practitioners avoid milk that is ______.

  • raw
  • cold
  • warm
  • boiled

According to ayurvedic theory, which food should never be eaten in combination with any other?

  • sugar
  • leafy greens
  • citrus
  • seafood
  • melon
  • pork

In Chinese medicine, which food group is considered inappropriate for human consumption?

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • meat
  • dairy
  • grains

What food combination would a traditional Chinese doctor recommend you avoid if you have a common cold?

  • tofu and mushrooms
  • garlic and ginger

If you're on a macrobiotic diet, which would not be a good way to prepare your food?

  • baking
  • broiling
  • steaming
  • frying
  • grilling

What else is excluded from a macrobiotic diet?

  • legumes
  • white flour
  • citrus
  • honey
  • tomatoes

Our bodies digest different foods in different ways. According to the study of trophology, you'll avoid indigestion by making meals from foods that are digested in the same way. So, what's one thing that you should not eat with oatmeal?

  • milk
  • orange juice
  • raisins

Also according to trophology, what should you never do during a meal?

  • drink
  • belch
  • eat too quickly
  • eat too slowly
  • rub your stomach
  • stand

If a practicer of trophology were offered a bowl of rice and beans, would he or she eat it?

  • yes
  • no

Trophology says you should always eat this type of food alone, never with anything else.

  • meat
  • dairy
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • seafood
  • grains

If you're into trophology, what should you never eat with your steak?

  • cheese
  • cauliflower
  • string beans
  • baked potato
  • salad

Trophology practitioners avoid doing this after a big meal.

  • eating dessert
  • drinking coffee
  • walking