No matter how blatantly false and unsubstantiated they are, some Internet-driven health myths just refuse to die. The myth of “food combining,” which purports that the body is unable to digest certain foods if they are eaten in the wrong combination, ranks high among these. Typically, proponents of food combining warn that fruits must be eaten alone, lest they “rot” and feed “harmful yeasts” in the body. They also contend that when meats are eaten with grains or starches, it results in the meat “putrefying” in the gut because various digestive factors required to process protein and carbohydrate – be they enzymes or pH levels – “neutralize” one another and prevent the digestion of both. The consequences of inappropriate food combining, proponents of the practice caution, may range from gas and bloating to bona fide disease.