Avocados and Tomatos Are Better Together, and 4 More Healthy Food Combinations to Maximize Nutrition

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You may be doing your best to load up on all the fresh vegetables, whole grains, and fruits you can get your hands on, but if you are eating these health foods by themselves, that might not be enough to reap their benefits. If you’re not pairing the right foods together, you probably aren’t getting all of their vitamins and nutrients.

Sound surprising? “Food synergy,” a concept coined by researcher David R. Jacobs, PhD, is a lesser known area of nutrition. The premise behind food synergy is that eating specific foods together maximizes their health effects. Combining the right foods could actually increase your body’s absorption of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, all necessary cornerstones for good health.

“Many nutrients compete for the same receptors in the gastrointestinal tract for absorption,” says Lauren Cornell, RD. “Studies have shown that certain food combinations have been proven to increase nutrient absorption when consumed together."

While healthy foods are still good for you on their own, pairing them with foods that carry other supplemental nutrients helps optimize their nutritional benefits, which include fighting off sicknesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Lucky for you, foods that work well in your body also tend to taste delicious together. Here are five powerful food combinations and healthy ways to prepare them.

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