Power Couples

Pictured: Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in a scene from SWING TIME, 1936.


Power Couples

When you think of couples that seem so natural together; you can’t help but think of Fred and Ginger. They were nothing short of magical together.

Certain foods are natural combinations, as well. Peanut Butter and Jelly, Turkey and Dressing, Eggs and Toast, to name a few. We all have our favorites, healthy or not.

However, some foods don’t seem to pair together well at all. But, boy do they work hard together! These are the food pairings I’d like to share.

It’s called ‘Food Synergy’!

Food Synergy is a term believed to be coined by researcher David Jacobs, Ph.D, according to HuffPost Healthy Living.

The basic idea is that foods affect our health in a number of complex ways, and we may get even more bang for our buck when certain foods are eaten together.

Here are a few of these Dynamic Duos:

Tomato and Avocado

“A study from Purdue University explained that carotenoid nutrients, found in colorful produce like tomatoes, can’t be absorbed by the body unless they are delivered with a little fat. Tomatoes are well known for containing the carotenoid lycopene, which may decrease the risk of some cancers. To get all the disease-fighting benefits, pair them with about a quarter of an avocado, worth about 4 grams of absorption-boosting monounsaturated fats. Other nutrients in fruits and veggies, including vitamins A, D and E, are also best absorbed with a little fat, so it’s a smart idea to mix one of these healthy sources into your next salad.”

Oatmeal and Vitamin C (oranges, grapefruit)–

“Oatmeal is a well-documented heart helper, but eating oats (and other whole-grain foods) with a side of vitamin C can help stabilize cholesterol levels to keep arteries clear.”

Black Pepper and Turmeric

“Black Pepper slows down the metabolism of curcumin, the anti-oxidant found in turmeric. Curcumin contains anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Adding pepper increases the absorption of curcumin. In fact, Melissa Rifkin, R.D. explains that using the two spices together “improves the bioavailability of curcumin by 1000 times!”

Broccoli and Tomatoes–

“Pair the cancer-fighting powers of lycopene-rich tomatoes with broccoli for extra protection against prostate cancer.” Two are better than one!

Apples and Grapes–

“The flavonoid quercetin, an antioxidant behind many of the health benefits of apples, and also found in berries, may help fight breathing problems and some cancers and keep memory sharp. But, when eaten in tandem with catechin, another flavonoid, this time found in purple grapes, the combo may inhibit blood clots and boost heart health.”

These are just a few of the many dynamic duos in the food world.
Put them together and they can provide even more nutritional impact than when eaten alone.

Eating a variety of fresh, whole foods, especially some of the ‘power’ couples, can boost help nutrition. Including delicious recipes in your week, taking advantage of Food Synergy can be yummy and beneficial!



HuffPost Healthy Living