Some healthy foods will become even healthier if you pair them with other foods correctly. Here are a few examples of why tomato and avocado, oatmeal and orange juice and others work great in pairs.
Tomato and avocado
Tomato is rich in lycopene, which gives it a distinct red color, and it is known that this antioxidant successfully reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and even cancer. It becomes even more effective if you consume it with some fat, because then the body absorbs it even better. Because of that tomato and avocado are the perfect combination that is not only delicious, but also contributes to the health.
Tomato and broccoli
Tomato as well as broccoli have certain preventive properties against the development of malignant changes. When combined, as shown in one study from 2007, they are even more efficient than individually.
Oatmeal and orange juice
Oats contain a high concentration of soluble plant fiber that contribute to the better functioning of the intestines and slower absorption of sugar in the blood. When combined with orange juice they work perfectly on lowering LDL, a “bad” cholesterol in the blood.
Turmeric and pepper
Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which originate from the substance curcumin. Turmeric metabolizes before it can be fully adopted.
If you mix the turmeric with black pepper, it improves the digestibility of turmeric almost 1,000 times.
Lemon and kale/spinach
Iron is better absorbed by the body when paired with vitamin C. Therefore, putting lemon juice in cooked kale or spinach not only is delicious, but also really brings out the best of both ingredients.
Dark chocolate and apples
Studies have shown that dark chocolate and apples have beneficial effect when it comes to cardiovascular health. Apples (red particularly) contain quercetin, anti-inflammatory flavonoid. Cocoa in dark chocolate is rich in catechins, antioxidants that prevent hardening of the arteries. When paired they are capable of dissolving blood clots.