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"It has been established that, when sugar enters the mouth
along with starch, the saliva secreted during mastication contains no ptyalin, thereby
sabotaging starch digestion before it reaches the stomach.
Furthermore, such a combination blocks passage of sugar
through the stomach until the starch is digested, causing it to ferment.
The by-products of sugar fermentation are acidic, which in
turn further inhibits digestion of starches, which require alkaline mediums for digestion.
Bread (starch) and butter (fat) is a perfectly compatible
combination, but when you spread a spoonful of honey or jam over it, you introduce sugars
to the blend, which interferes with the digestion of the starch in bread.
The same principle applies to breakfast cereal sprinkled
with sugar, heavily frosted cakes, sweet pies, and so forth."
Source: Daniel Reid.
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