Nutrition: Dynamic Duos!
Posted: Dec 07 2014
Some combinations are a match made in heaven, like Corona and lime or Bonnie and Clyde. However, did you know that some nutrient combinations when paired together have amplified results? According to Elaine Magee, the author of Food Synergy and a registered dietitian stated that with certain food pairings, “It’s like adding 1 plus 1 and getting 4 instead of 2. The total is greater than the sum of the individual parts.”
Combining certain foods can enhance their nutritional value, allowing your body to better absorb and reap the benefits. Be good to yourself! Eat these foods pairings and get more out of your food!
Try these food pairings for optimum nutrient benefits!
Spinach + Strawberries
Fruits full of Vitamin C when paired with any plant-based source of iron will allow the body to absorb the iron that much better. The iron from the spinach will allow your body to have a healthy immune system and healthy cellular functioning, and when paired with Vitamin C, like strawberries, the iron is able to absorb in a super way!
Broccoli + Tomato
According to a 2007 Cancer Research study, John W. Erdman Jr., Ph.D., of the University of Illinois (http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/prostate-cancer-news-106/tomato-broccoli-combo-may-protect-against-prostate-cancer-601009.html) found that broccoli and tomato, when eaten together, were effective in fighting prostate cancer. John Erdman, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois stated that, "When tomatoes and broccoli are eaten together, we see an additive effect. We think it's because different bioactive compounds in each food work on different anti-cancer pathways.”
Green Tea + Lemon Juice
This duo when consumed together allows you absorb the powerful antioxidants naturally found in green tea. According to a 2007 study at Purdue University, adding some citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit for example) to your green tea reduces the breakdown of the antioxidants in our digestive system, allowing our body to more easily absorb the antioxidants.
In this age of endless processed foods full of cancer causing elements, it’s more than time to take back control of our health, and what better way than to synergize the whole foods we eat to get even more of a bang for our health!