We all know that adding vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables to our plates will increase the nutrient content of our meals. But instead of just focusing on adding these foods, we should also keep absorption in mind.
The bioavailability, or the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from a food, is as important as the nutrient content itself. If our bodies can’t absorb the nutrients, it’s as though we never ate them at all.
One way to enhance the bioavailability of nutrients in our foods is to keep nutrient synergy relationships in mind when planning menus. Nutrient synergies occur when the combination of two separate ingredients enhances the overall health-promoting potential of the food.
Here are four easy ideas for increasing nutrient absorption in your diet: