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Here are 9 food combinations which provide greater health benefits if eaten together.

We all know that food provides us with nutritional benefits. But, are you aware that there are certain foods that offer greater health benefits when eaten in a combination. Read on to know more about it.

Olive oil and tomato. Tomato contains the antioxidant lycopene, which is easily absorbed if the tomatoes are cooked and combined with oils. Olive is a better choice of oil as it leads to maximum lycopene absorption in the body.

Strawberries and spinach. The non-heme iron present in spinach and other green leafy vegetables is easily absorbed in the presence of vitamin C rich foods such as strawberries.

Beans and rice. Combining rice with beans or other legumes is a great way to balance the amino acid content of proteins in our body without depending upon animal sources.

Egg and cheese. In food preparations such as cheese omelet, you can offer great nutrients to your bones as calcium from cheese or dairy products is required for healthy bones and in presence of vitamin D from eggs it becomes easily available to the body.

Beef and rosemary. Rosemary is rich in the antioxidant rosmarinic acid, which neutralizes the harmful heterocyclic amines (HCA) that are produced when the steak is cooked at high temperatures.

Chicken and carrot. Beta carotene present in carrot is easily transformed in to vitamin A in the presence of zinc. Chicken is a good source of zinc that can help the beta carotene present in carrots to convert in to vitamin A and benefit the skin, eyes, and immune system.

Fish and broccoli. Broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts contain sulforaphane that helps to slow down the growth of cancerous cells. In the presence of selenium from fish, its effect becomes ten times greater.

Onion and garlic. Onion and garlic are two foods which if added to food preparations benefit the heart health.

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Nuts and broccoli. This combination is highly beneficial for immunity and skin health as broccoli offers large quantities of vitamin C and nuts the antioxidant vitamin E.