Food Pairing for Nutrition
Two words – food synergy.
Food pairing for nutrition, or food synergy, is loosely defined as the idea that food influences our health in complex and highly interactive ways. Pairing foods together can greatly enhance the absorption of important nutrients and ensure that you’re getting the most out of your food.
Here are a few of our favorite food pairings for nutrition.
Sure, having garlic and onions together may make your sweetheart keep their kisses to themselves but the organosulfur compounds in this flavorful pair help to remove the plaque from your arteries and keep your blood vessels healthy and malleable.
Truly a match made in heaven. The flavonoids in delicious combo are incredibly effective at improving the health of your heart and thinning your blood. Not to mention they make the perfect dessert!
Tangy vinegar not only gives a wonderful flavor to rice but it also decreases the rice’s ability to raise blood sugar levels by a whopping 20%-40%.
Are these pictures making you hungry yet? 😉 Rosemary is very rich in antioxidants like carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid that help to neutralize carcinogenic compounds that form when steak reaches 325 degrees or higher. Marinating your steak in rosemary not only makes it better in flavor, but better nutritionally as well!
Lemon, rich in vitamin C, makes more of the antioxidants in green tea available to our bodies.
Tomatoes contain heart-disease fighting carotenoids, such as lycopene. Because these carotenoids are fat-soluble, they become more easily absorbed by our bodies when paired with good fats like olive oil or mozzarella. Caprese salad is the best example of this delightful pairing.
Did you know that chicken contains zinc? Zinc is a great immune booster, which is one of the reasons why chicken noodle soup makes you feel better when you’re sick. Zinc is also what our bodies need to properly metabolize the beta-carotene in carrots into vitamin A, essential for healthy skin, better vision and a healthy immune system. Doesn’t that just make you want to make up a pot of yummy chicken noodle soup?
One out of five women don’t get enough iron in their diet, especially if you’re on a vegan diet. However, just eating more iron-rich food won’t do the trick if your body isn’t processing it properly. Here’s the trick – vitamin C! The vitamin C in red bell pepper unlocks the plant-based iron in chickpeas. Bingo!
According to wine connoisseurs we’re supposed to pair fish with white wine but the best pairing for nutritional benefit is with a nice rich red wine. The plant compounds in the grapes, polyphenols, help our bodies absorb more of the omega-3 fatty acids in fish that are so good for our brains! You can pull that one out at the next family gathering, “you know, red wine can actually make me smarter!”
This is Dr. Lasse’s most recommended pair. Not only is turmeric a miraculous herb that is being studied for it’s potential to improve liver function, fight cancer, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and hold off Alzheimer’s but when you pair it with black pepper it causes the body to absorb 1,000 times more curcumin (turmeric’s active ingredient) than when it’s consumed alone. AMAZING!!! Dr. Lasse recommends this tasty beverage that includes turmeric, black pepper and honey for maximum absorption and an immune boost.