We all know that eating fruit with nuts can slow down sugar absorption, but what about other food combinations? Let’s take a look at some of the most important combinations to enhance absorption.
One such combination is carrot with nuts. Vitamin A, which is important for eye health and immune function, is absorbed in the presence of fat. So if you’re snacking on a carrot just like that in the middle of the day, make sure to pair it with nuts or almonds to increase its absorption. In every meal that contains orange vegetables, it’s also a good idea to include nuts or high-quality oil to boost vitamin A’s absorption.
Another example is tomato sauce with olive oil. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to help prevent cancer and cataracts. Lycopene is more available to the body from cooked tomatoes than from fresh ones, but even better when combined with fat – such as olive oil. So not only will your pasta sauce taste delicious, but adding a teaspoon of olive oil will also maximize lycopene’s absorption for maximum health benefits.
Yellow cheese toast with red pepper is another great combination. Red peppers are high in vitamin C, which is important not only for the immune system but also for calcium absorption from food. Since yellow cheeses are also high in calcium, adding some strips of red pepper to the toast or next to it will increase calcium absorption and overall nutrient intake.
Finally, vegetable omelette with spinach is another excellent combination that promotes healthy eyesight and prevents various eye diseases. Lutein, an important antioxidant found in both vegetables and spinach, is best absorbed when consumed alongside fat – such as egg yolks or butter – so make sure to include these ingredients in your omelette recipe for optimal nutrition benefits. Just be mindful not to add yellow cheeses as they contain substances that interfere with iron and calcium absorption from spinach-based dishes.