Food Synergy

"Powerful combinations" These foods are more nutritious when eaten together than they are alone. Article published in Food & Wine: March 2012.

Yield: 1 serving
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  • 1. chickpeas and citrus dressing
  • 2. tomatoes and olive oil
  • 3. cabbage and meat or eggs
  • 4. green tea and lemon
  • 5. whole-grain bread and peanut butter


  1. 1. Vitamin C in citrus juice helps the body absorb the iron in chickpeas.
  2. 2. Lycopene (a heart-disease fighting antioxidant) in red fruits like tomatoes is fat-soluble, so eating it with a healthy fat like olive oil increases its impact.
  3. 3. Cabbage's sulforaphane and the selenium in meat and eggs, both cancer-fighting nutrients, are four times more effective when eaten together.
  4. 4. A squeeze of lemon lets the body absorb 13 times more of the tea's antioxidants.
  5. 5. Like rice and beans, the duo forms a complete protein, which is good for building and maintaining muscle.
March 2012

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