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Food Combinations: Dos & Dont's [infographic]

Posted on Aug 9, 2013, 2:38:28 PM by healtheo360

Good & Bad Food Combinations

Certain foods are healthier when eaten together. For example, tomatoes and avocado - the lycopene in tomato is better absorbed when some fat is present. Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines use different forms of fat (e.g. olive oil or avocado) to enhance the flavor and nutrients in tomatoes. However, certain foods are not recommended to be eaten together. For example, beans and cheese. Mixing high gas food (beans) and high fat food (cheese) together will lead to gas and bloating.

Below is a list of some good food combinations and bad food combinations. Keep the list in mind to help you to plan for healthy meals - to enhance the health benefits of good food combinations and to avoid indigestion and other adverse effects of bad food combinations.

Good Food Combinations:

  1. Tomatoes & Avocados: reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease risks
  2. Oatmeal & orange juice: Prevent heart attacks
  3. Broccoli & Tomatoes: prevent prostate cancer
  4. Apples & Chocolate: reduce the risk of allergies, heart attack, and cancer
  5. Lemon & Kale: increase immunity and muscle strength
  6. Soy & Salmon: protect against cancer
  7. Red Meat & Rosemary: herbs lower the effect of cancer causing chemicals from charred meat
  8. Turmeric & Black Pepper: anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties
  9. Garlic & Fish: lower cholesterol
  10. Eggs & Cantaloupe: prevent overeating and indigestion

 Bad Food Combinations:

  1. Fruit after a meal: cause stomach pain: it’s better to eat fruit on empty stomach
  2. Cheese & meat omelet: cause indigestion - one single concentrated protein per meal is easier to digest
  3. Tomato & cheese pasta sauce: cause indigestion - avoid mixing carbohydrates with acids
  4. Cereal with milk & orange juice: cause stomach pain
  5. Beans & cheese: cause gas and bloating
  6. Melon & prosciutto: cause digestive problems
  7. Bananas & milk: cause indigestion
  8. Yogurt & fruit: cause sinus congestion, cold, cough and allergies
  9. Lemon dressing on cucumber and tomato salad: causes digestive problems

Sources: CDC, USDA,  www.mindbodygreen.com, www.menshealth.com

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