When we speak about the benefits of any food item, we normally speak about it in isolation. But truth is food like any other thing in life, works the best, when they team up with right partner or combination. Taking food as pair is so beneficial that it can work like 1 + 1 giving 4. According to Elaine Magee, author of the book food synergy, “By eating foods that have a synergistic effect, you can absorb more nutrients, gain control of your appetite, and lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and weight-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes.”
So let’s explore some incredible “Food pair”
Tomato and Beans
Beans serves as a great source of non-heme iron. Body but is not very capable to absorb the non-heme form of iron. This can change, if beans is taken along with a food rich in vitamin C like tomatoes. Vitamin C present in tomato can significantly increase absorption of non-heme iron. So next time you take some beans, add some tomatoes too.
Green tea and Lemon juice
Green tea is loaded with health benefits. Based on Harvard Health data, green tea may help lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Study carried out by Purdue university points out that benefits of green tea can be further increased, if it is taken with a dash of lemon juice. According to this team, lemon juice makes green tea’s antioxidants more readily available for absorption. Body can absorb as much as six times more catechins in presence of lemon juice. Lemon juice also can reduce the effect of certain compounds in green tea that can restrict ability to absorb iron from foods.
Egg and Green salad
Next time when you are making green salad, add some cooked egg. Study says that adding egg to veggies can increase the absorption of carotenoids – beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene and that also up to three to nine times more. It’s no fad. Carotenoids are fat soluble and the fat in eggs make them more available for absorption. The study used scrambled eggs.
Spinach and Walnut