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Natural Health Food Help: Food Pairings
Health Tips • October 5, 2010
Some foods are just meant for each other, and not just peanut butter and jelly. These tasty food pairings will help you get the most out of the nutritional value of your dinner:
  • Pasta & balsamic vinegar: The acetic acid in vinegar combats the blood sugar spike associated with starchy foods.
  • Chickpeas & red pepper: The vitamin C in the pepper unlocks plant-based iron in the chickpeas so your blood cells can get to it.
  • Avocados & spinach: The healthy fats in avocados help your body absorb the lutein and vitamin A in the spinach.
  • Oatmeal & apples: The free-radical fighters and ever-important fiber in oatmeal get a boost from the antioxidants in apples.
  • Broccoli & eggs: Eggs are a great source of vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) which is a key factor in how well your body absorbs the calcium found in broccoli.
  • Flaxseed & yogurt: To get continual benefits of the probiotics in yogurt, give them the prebiotics found in flaxseed to feed on.
  • Sweet potatoes & chicken: The zinc in chicken is necessary to carry the vitamin A found in sweet potatoes throughout your body.
  • Tomatoes & olive oil: Olive oil’s healthy fats help your body absorb the antioxidant lycopene found in the tomatoes.
  • Green tea & lemon: Lemon juice helps the catechins in the green tea survive the digestive process so they can move on to benefit your whole body.
Source: Women’s Health