Certain foods just go together, like red meats and rosemary, garlic and fish, and oatmeal and orange juice. Men's Health suggests those pairings and others exist for a reason—your body wants more of their nutritional synergy.
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Along with the more common knowledge pairings listed above, Men's Health list suggests serving (whole) soy and salmon together, pairing almonds and yoghurt, and complementing side dishes of tomatoes and broccoli. Each pairing has its own dietary reason, usually backed up by research studies or dietitian suggestion, such as the thinking behind orange juice and oatmeal:
A study from the Antioxidants Research Lab at the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that drinking vitamin C-rich orange juice while eating a bowl of real oatmeal (read: not processed) cleans your arteries and prevents heart attacks with two times as much efficacy than if you were to ingest either breakfast staple alone. The reason? The organic compounds in both foods, called phenols, stabilize your LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or so-called "bad" cholesterol) when consumed together.
Hit the list below for 12 more food combination suggestions, which, if nothing else, provide some food for thought on menu planning. Healthy Food Combinations [MensHealth.com]