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8 of the best food combinations
Basic Food Combinations Tips
Before pairing foods, it is important to understand that the human digestive system can only digest a single concentrated type of food (starches and proteins) at a time. This is because they require a different digestion environment. Therefore, the best food combinations involve match concentrated foods with vegetables and fruits.
A great food combination can improve your digestion, increasing the absorption of essential nutrients and in turn your energy levels. On the other hand, a poor food combination may lead to undesirable digestive system issues such as:
- Too much gas.
- Stomach aches.
- Heartburn/ Indigestion.
These problems are not normal and you can avoid them with proper food combinations. Below are 8 of the best food combinations that you should try.
8 Best Food Combinations for You
The Italian combination is a great main dish that is rich in both carbs and proteins. It is also a good source of essential minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. It has no cholesterol and to enhance digestion you can use unrefined wheat pasta in place of white wheat spaghetti.
- Bacon and Eggs
This breakfast meal is a great source of protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Selenium. However, it should be taken moderately as it also has a high content of saturated fat and cholesterol. To improve the health benefits, you can smoke the bacon instead of frying to minimize fats content. You can also add raw tomato, which has lycopene, which together with Vitamin E from the egg yolk makes a great healthy match.
- Butter and Corn
If you are looking for a sweet and healthy side dish, then grilled/ smoked corn paired with salty melted butter is a great match. With this combination, your body will benefit from the high carbs content as well as protein. It is also a good source of minerals such as sodium and iron as well as vitamins A and C.
- Soy and Salmon
Soy contains genistein, an isoflavone that inhibits enzymes in prostate and colon, increasing the amount of vitamin D in the tissues. Vitamin D reduces the cancer risk, yet your skin does not make enough of this vital vitamin. Fish such as Tuna and Salmon are a rich source of vitamin D and adding unprocessed soy makes it an ideal meal for your taste buds and health.
Research has shown that grilled meat whether over an open flame or in a smoker system produces carcinogens, known to cause cancer. However, taking red meat with rosemary herbs is a convenient and healthy dish. Rosemary contains rosmarinic and carnosic acid, antioxidants that lower the amount of HCAs present in smoked or charred meat. In other words, the two antioxidants soak the dangerous free radicals in the meat, making it safe for consumption.
- Garlic and Fish
A piece of fish is undoubtedly rich in a variety of nutrients and minerals including zinc, copper, iron, selenium and vitamin D among others. Fish is also a good source of Omega 3 and its oil has lower cholesterol. Moreover, garlic neutralizes any increase in LDL cholesterol that could result from fish oil.
- Salmon and Spinach
Salmon served with steamed spinach or other leafy greens is a simple yet complete meal rich in protein, calcium, vitamin D and minerals. You can smoke or steam the salmon to avoid vegetable oils, thus lowering the content of fats and cholesterol. Salmon is a rich source of proteins, vitamin D and calcium and combining it with spinach improves the absorption of these nutrients. This delicious meal also contains vitamins A and K as well as potassium, making it a healthy meal for your heart and immune system.
- Strawberry and Goat Cheese
The nutritional value of goat cheese depends on the processing and preparation method. However, any form of goat cheese contains a range of nutrients including protein, vitamins, healthy fats and other minerals. Pairing goat cheese with strawberry does not only make the dish taste better but also improves the absorption of minerals and vitamins like calcium, phosphorous, copper, iron and vitamins A and B2.