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Some health myths never die. One of these myths is the claim that eating foods in certain orders or combinations
But the facts are clear. There is overwhelming scientific evidence in support of consuming a varied, balanced diet, and not in any specific order. In fact, we know that most vitamins and minerals are best absorbed and utilized when consumed as part of a complex mixture of food. With that being said, there are a few combinations that are recommended by food scientists and nutritionist, but that list is short. Here are two combinations that aren’t a myth!
Vitamin C and Iron
There are two forms of dietary iron: Heme iron, which comes from meat, and non-heme iron, which comes from both meat and plant sources. Unlike heme iron, non-heme iron is not well absorbed by the body. However, a small tweak to your diet can optimize the absorption of non-heme iron, and it’s simple - just add Vitamin C to your non-heme rich foods!
So, for your next meal, combine foods rich in vitamin C (such as citrus fruits like lemons and oranges and clementine, or bell peppers) with plant-based sources of iron (such as spinach, beans or fortified cereals). This combination will help your body absorb the iron that it needs! This tip is especially important for vegetarians or vegans who rely heavily on plant based sources of iron for their diet.
Carotenoids and Fat
Carotenoids are compounds in vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers,
So, how can you get these powerful antioxidants without too much fat? Try adding some cheese or a little olive oil to your salad, or top your steamed broccoli with a dash of olive oil or a tiny bit of butter, or try to dip your carrots in guacamole.