Foods You Should Eat Together
By Sara Butler
If you like to garden, you know there are certain plants that do better when grown side by side. Well, there are certain foods that work better when eaten together too – they’re the BFFs of the food world, so to speak. These tasty twosomes can help to boost your health, enhance vitamin absorption, and taste great together too! Here are a few food power couples you need to try.
Sweet Potatoes and Turkey
It’s no accident that this couple shows up together to Thanksgiving every year. The Vitamin A found in sweet potatoes helps to boost immunity and improve vision. But it requires zinc to be fully absorbed because zinc helps to convert retinol to retinal – the molecule that is essential for improved vision. If you’re failing to get enough of either of these, then you may notice you have problems seeing at night since it can be more difficult for your eyes to adjust to the dark.
Salad and Full-Fat Dressing
You probably eat salads to be healthy, which is great. But if you really want to get the most for your nutritional buck, then you’ll eat salads with healthy fats. This doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to drown your salad in Ranch Dressing because calories still make a difference. But there’s no reason why you can’t add a little full-fat dressing or other healthy fats such as hard boiled eggs or avocado to your salad. It will ensure the beneficial carotenoids in vegetables are actually absorbed better by the body.
Spinach and Strawberries
It’s no secret in the dietary world that the iron from meat is better absorbed by the body than the iron in vegetables. That’s why you’ll often see it recommended for vegetarians to eat more iron than meat eaters. But you if you can pair iron-rich vegetables with a good source of Vitamin C, such as strawberries, then it can help your body to absorb more iron.
Bananas and Greek Yogurt
Calcium is awesome. This mineral helps to build healthy teeth and bones as well as improve nerve function and build muscle. And if you pair it with foods that contain something called fiber inulin, then you can absorb more of it! Inulin is found in foods such as artichokes, onions, wheat, and bananas, so pair it with your favorite source of calcium to help increase your bone mineral mass!
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