How do you feel about one serving of your food touching another serving of a different food on your plate? Food cooked separately can become intermingled once it has been set on a plate. This is particularly challenging for some people. When my children were young, there were family members who would eat all their vegetables first, then their starch, and finally their meat. For other members of my household, they didn’t even like for their servings of food to touch one another. For these folks, the mixing of food should occur in the stomach—but not in the mouth. Careful steps were taken to ensure that their distinct food servings did not cross paths. I, on the other hand, like to sample all my food together. To me, the infusion of all the assorted flavors and textures makes the whole meal taste even better.
For most people, the preferred method of meal consumption is mostly insignificant. The varied scenarios are personal preferences regarding the separation and aggregation of food particles. Whether the foods are intermingled before consumption has no variance on the degree of nutrients digested, which promote physical growth and overall health. But these scenarios do have significant spiritual implications worth exploring. Continue reading