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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Food Guide > March 2018 > FOOD FRIENDS for LIFE


Individual nutrients are, of course, important, but if we view them in isolation we risk missing out on nature’s in-built health booster: food pairings. Nutrition editor Amanda Ursell reveals the winning combinations

W E ALL KNOW some foods are more nutritious than others, but did you also know that some foods love each other more than others? When certain foods are paired up their nutrients and plant chemicals interact to enhance each other and provide more nutrition bang for your buck.

The Mediterranean diet is perhaps one of the best examples of how well certain foods combine for our overall nutritional good. Sardines, for example, give you an easily available form of iron for energy, but if you finish your meal with cheese, the vitamin D in the sardines will help your body absorb the calcium from the cheese. Serve wholegrain bread with a tomato and onion salad and the insoluble fibres in the bread will assist with absorption of plant nutrients (such as quercetin, which helps reduce inflammation) from the onions, while olive oil in the dressing will help your body make use of the antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes.

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Too busy to cook every day? Find out how the new calorie guidelines for eating on the go could stop you putting on weight (goodbye, coffee shop up-selling and unhealthy meal deals). We help you power up your walk to burn more fat and get more nutrition on your plate by pairing foods. Plus don't miss our 8-page guide to vegan eating - everything you need to know!