5 Food Pairs That Are Healthier If Consumed Together
February 2, 2018 10:19 By Fabiosa
The biological value of food products is determined by the quantity of vitamins, macro- and microelements, biologically active substances, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates that they contain. In most cases, the total biological effect of consuming a certain dish is equal to the sum of the biological effects of all its ingredients. The dietology world encountered a real sensation with the discovery of product pairs that are capable of intensifying each other's biological effects. This means that when consuming these products together, we get a benefit that exceeds the sum of their nutritional values.
So, we present 5 food pairs that nutritionists recommend eating together.
1. Tomatoes and olive oil
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This pair has long been the nutritional basis of inhabitants of Mediterranean countries. Fatty acids, which are found in olive oil, considerably increase the effectiveness of the powerful antioxidant lycopene contained in tomatoes. This combination of products helps achieve significant success in maintaining youth and high immunity of the body, as well as in preventing the development of oncological diseases.
2. Spinach and lemon
Spinach is a real storehouse of iron capable of maintaining normal levels of hemoglobin. Vitamin C, contained in large quantities in lemon, activates its absorption by the body.
3. Apples and cocoa
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The skin of apples (especially red ones) contains the flavonol quercetin in large quantities. It is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. In combination with antioxidants, which cocoa beans are rich in, this biologically active substance is capable of creating optimal conditions for clearing the blood vessels of atherosclerotic plaques. And what's more, there's no need to even mention the great flavor combo this duo makes!
4. Whole-grain cereals and onion
Whole-grain cereals, such as wheat, wild rice, barley, millet, buckwheat, and spelt wheat, contain an impressive amount of zinc and iron. However, the human body poorly absorbs these microelements from the above-mentioned products. But, if you add raw onions or garlic to these cereals, they will help essentially increase the bioavailability of these valuable components. It is also noteworthy that both fresh and heat-treated onions have the same effect.
5.Green tea and lemon
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Nutritionists recommend adding a slice of lemon to green tea, as this duo can bring the greatest benefits to your health. Citrus contains a lot of ascorbic acids which enhance the body's absorption of catechins - strong antioxidants contained in large quantities in green tea. The combination of these synergistic products helps combat cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and also prevents cancer.
Other healthy food combinations:
- beans + tomatoes;
- yogurt + bananas;
- apples + strawberries;
- carrots + avocado.
As you can see, some products are not only tastier when combined, but also healthier! Which combination of the above-mentioned products do you consume in your everyday diet? Tell us about it in the comments!
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