Understanding food synergy is as important as knowing what are the healthiest foods to eat. This concept is based on the idea that certain foods, when eaten together, have greater health benefits than when they are taken separately.
Here are some of the most effective food combinations that you should add to your regular diet:
Fresh orange juice and unprocessed oatmeal
Taking a glass of real orange juice with a bowl of real oatmeal for breakfast can help cut your risk of heart attacks. These two foods contain organic compounds called phenols that stabilize your “bad” cholesterol levels and clean your arteries twice as effectively than if you ate them separately.
Avocados and tomatoes
This combination works by pairing a food that is rich in the antioxidant carotenoid with a fat that makes it more bio-available in the body. And if you’re eating salads with tomatoes, you should take them with full-fat dressings since this will help the body to absorb lutein, a carotenoid found in leafy greens that can help improve your vision.
Whole wheat foods and peanuts
This combination compliments each other by completing the full chain of amino acids that forms the best type of protein to help you build muscle and maintain muscle mass, particularly as you age.
Dark chocolate and apples
Chocolate is rich in the flavonoid catechin, which has antioxidant effects that help cut the risk for cancer and atherosclerosis, while apples are rich in the flavonoid quercetin, which is an anti-inflammatory that reduces the risk of heart attack, lung and prostate cancers, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. When quercetin and catechin are taken together, they help improve heart health by loosening clumpy blood platelets as well as promoting anticoagulant activity. Other foods that are rich in catechin include tea, grapes and red wine, while quercetin-rich foods include onions, raspberries and buckwheat.
Also read: 7 Reasons To Eat Dark Chocolate Regularly
Kale and lemon
The kale is rich in iron while the lemon is rich in Vitamin C which helps to make it more absorbable by converting it to a form similar to that found in fish and red meat, Iron helps prevent fatigue by carrying oxygen to the muscles. You can get the same effect by eating salads rich in dark green vegetables and adding a dash of citrus or including bell peppers and tomatoes.
Black pepper and turmeric
Turmeric is a tangy yellow spice that is used in curry and has been seen to have anti-cancer properties. However, it has low bioavailability, which can be corrected by adding black pepper to your curry. Black pepper contains piperine, which is seen to greatly enhance bioavailability by a thousand.
Fish and garlic
Fish oils such as DHA and EPA are seen to have cholesterol-reducing and anti-inflammatory properties and eating this food with garlic more effectively lowers your overall cholesterol levels.
Cantaloupe and eggs
Eggs are rich in protein that helps slow down the absorption of glucose while cantaloupes contain good carbohydrates that provide you with energy. When the two are taken together, they help prevent energy spikes that can leave you feeling tired afterwards as well as preventing overeating.
Implementing food synergy means not just eating the best foods but knowing the best way to combine them during meals as well.
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