Some healthy foods become even healthier if proper paired.
Here are some examples of why these pairs are healthier than singles.
Tomato and avocado. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which gives it a distinct red color, but it is known that the antioxidant reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. But, it gets even better when consumed with some fat, because by then the body better absorbs it. Therefore, the tomato and avocado is a perfect combination, which is not only delicious, but also contributes to the health.
Tomato and broccoli. Broccoli and tomatoes have certain preventive properties against the development of malignant changes, and in combination, as is shown a survey from 2007, were more efficient than individually.
Oatmeal and orange juice. Oats are rich in soluble plant fiber that contributes to healthier bowels and slower absorption of sugar in the blood. When combined with orange juice they operate more efficiently in lowering LDL ( “bad”) cholesterol in the blood.
Peanuts and unleavened bread. Peanuts contain amino acids that most of unleavened products are missing, so a sandwich of unleavened whole grain bread with peanut butter and is a very healthy meal. Peanuts also can contribute to regulate blood sugar levels, as well as to reduce the feeling of hunger during the day. However, note that the peanut butter you buy without additives is obtained only by grinding peanuts with no additives. Studies have shown that the industry producing peanut butter, usually contain a variety of additives and trans-fats, and are not nearly as healthy as natural grain of peanut.
Turmeric ( Curcuma) and pepper. Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which originate from the substance curcuma. If you mix the turmeric with black pepper, it improves the bio-digestibility of curcuma nearly 1,000 times.
Lemon and spinach. Iron is better absorbed by the body when it is paired with vitamin C. Therefore, the acidification of cooked kale or spinach with lemon not only delicious, but also really brings out the best of both ingredients.
Dark chocolate and apple. Studies have shown that dark chocolate and apples have beneficial effect on cardiovascular health. Apples (particularly red) contain flavonoids and are anti-inflammatory, and cocoa in dark chocolate is rich in catechins, antioxidants that prevent hardening of the arteries. When paired, they dissolve blood clots.