Peanut butter + jelly, bacon + eggs, mac + cheese, chips + dip, oil and vinegar, burgers + fries…Certain foods are just better together than alone.
When it comes to nutrition, eating a variety of plant-based foods together provides a bigger nutritional payoff than eating either food alone. This is because some nutrients act synergistically with each other. For example, having olive oil (or another fat-containing dressing) with your salad is better than eating plain veggies because the fat is essential for the body to absorb all the antioxidants. Enjoying tomatoes with avocados–like salsa with guacamole–makes the absorption by up to 15 times more. Using herbs and spices for added flavor has also been shown to boost the antioxidant capacity of the dish by more than 100%.
Here, 5 dynamic food duos: