Tomato and basil, wine and cheese, melon, and Prosciutto – these products are made for each other. Combining them on a plate helps maximize the benefits of your meals.
Nutritionists say that when certain foods work together, they help our bodies absorb vitamins and minerals more efficiently.
We have done a bit of research and compiled a list of perfect food combinations that can provide incredible health benefits. We guarantee these combos will boost your diet.
Food Compatibility Guide
Carotenoids And Healthy Fats
Fats help your body absorb 3 times more carotenoids, including lycopene, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.
Iron And Vitamin C
Beef steak + Broccoli
The iron found in beef will be absorbed more easily by your body if you eat foods rich in vitamin C.
Iron And Zinc
Wild Rice + Garlic
Your body will absorb more iron and zinc from the wild rice if you add garlic as you cook it.
Vitamins B And C
Strawberries + Whole Grain Flakes
Vitamins B and C are absorbed better if eaten with whole grain cereals. You can also add a fat-free yogurt.
Iron And Vitamin C
Tofu + Bell Peppers
Bell peppers contain more vitamin C than oranges and promote the absorption of non-heme iron.
So adding some bell peppers to tofu-based dishes will make it easier for your body to absorb the iron found in bean curds.
Vitamin D And Healthy Fats
Cabbage + Salmon
Pairing sources of vitamin with fatty fish, like salmon, trout or sardines, boosts vitamin D absorption
Carotenoids, Vitamin A, And Healthy Fats
Avocado + Tomatoes
The fats in avocados make the carotenoids and vitamin A, found in tomatoes, much more powerful.
Proteins And Carbohydrates
Peanut Butter + Bananas
A combination of proteins and carbohydrates helps the body repair and build muscle tissue after a workout.
Curry Powder + Black Pepper
Piperine, the main alkaloid from black pepper, enhances the actions of many nutrients and helps the body absorb useful substances found in curry powder.
Green Tea + Lemon
It’s a perfect match: lemon juice increases the number of beneficial antioxidants (catechins) that your body extracts from green tea.
Based on materials from Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, NCBI, Sarah Krieger, Rosanne Rust, American Society for Nutrition (ASN)