In the wilds of the Internet, there remains a myth that when certain foods are eaten in the wrong combination, they have the ability to cause everything from mild health complications (gas, bloating) to full-blown disease.

According to U.S. News and World Report, some people believe:

…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.

Pretty disgusting, right?

Now that we’re all thinking long and hard about #gutrot and what we had for lunch, breath a sigh of relief: none if it is even remotely true.

Photo: Etsy

U.S. News uses science (imagine that) to break down just why #gutrot isn’t a thing at all, and your stomach is more than happy to combine all kinds of foods in a multitasking fashion. Here are the main points to know, in case you ever encounter a #gutrot believer in the flesh:

1. Food doesn’t rot in your stomach: “There is only one circumstance under which you’d need to worry about food rotting in your stomach, and that is if you were to die mid-meal.”

2. Combining foods doesn’t impact your stomach’s pH balance: In case anyone really cared about this (like a hardcore #gutrot proponent), “no combination of foods we eat will override the independent mechanisms [of our bodies].” Your body is more powerful than that Burger King you had for dinner, thank goodness.

3. Gas actually isn’t a sign of poor digestion: “Intestinal gas is produced as a natural byproduct of bacterial fermentation of fiber and unabsorbed sugars…[and] lots of gas is not necessarily a sign of a problem.”

4. Your food is already in the small intestine by the time it would turn into #gutrot: “Fermentation refers to the bacterial decomposition of carbohydrates, which is a more accurate term to describe your gut’s goings-on. So anytime you encounter the term ‘putrefy’…file it away under ‘scare tactic.'”