We all like our morning oatmeal and orange juice—but did you know that consuming this combo for breakfast is even healthier than eating each of them alone? Epidemiologist David R. Jacobs, PhD, of the University of Minnesota, believes this principle also explains why Italians drizzle cold-pressed olive oil over tomatoes and why the Japanese pair raw fish with soybeans.
“The complexity of food combos is fascinating because it’s tested in a way we can’t test drugs: by evolution,” says Jacobs. And, he also adds, “it’s tested in the most complex of systems: life.” What’s even more interesting is that the evolution between eater and eaten might give you the answer to the long-held question about why eating like your granny is the key to good health.
Here are the healthiest food pairings you should definitely to put on your plate: