Dynamic Food Duos

Did you know that pairing specific foods together can amplify their individual nutritional values? Special food combinations can maximize your health benefits. Read on to find out what these dynamic food duos can do for you.

Cancer-Fighting Duo: Chicken and Broccoli

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Broccoli, like all cruciferous vegetables, contains sulfuraphane, which has been shown to protect against cancer by inhibiting and activating certain enzymes to stop cancer development. Chicken contains selenium, which is found in antioxidant enzymes that help prevent cellular damage from free radicals, and subsequently fight cancer. When eaten together, these foods are three times more beneficial than when consumed alone.

Cancer-Fighting Duo: Salsa and Avocado

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Salsa is made with tomatoes, which are full of lycopene, a potent anti-cancer antioxidant compound. The healthy fats in avocados help you absorb up to five times more benefits from lycopene. Eating them together can reduce your risk of lung and bladder cancers.

Cancer-Fighting Duo: Yellow Onion and Turmeric

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Yellow onions and turmeric are often paired together in the curries of India. Turmeric is a great source of the cancer-fighting compound curcumin. Yellow onions contain quercetin, which also helps to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. This tag-team effort helps to reduce precancerous colon polyps.

Cancer-Fighting Duo: Salmon and Watercress

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Watercress contains a compound called phenethyl isothiocyanate that limits cancer development. Salmon is rich in omegas-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation and cancer. This combo can decrease the risk of leukemia and kidney cancer.

Energy-Boosting Duo: Chickpeas and Red Peppers

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Chickpeas have iron (essential for immune function) that is difficult to absorb on its own. Red peppers are a good source of vitamin C, which unlocks the plant-based iron found in chickpeas, making it accessible to blood cells. Try red peppers with or in your hummus.

 

Mood-Booster Duo: Broccoli and Eggs

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Broccoli provides one of the most easily absorbed forms of calcium. Studies show that calcium can decrease depression and anxiety during PMS. Eggs contain vitamin D, which promote the absorption of calcium and bone health, and also can help with seasonal affective disorder and depression.

Belly-Trimming Duo: Pasta and Balsamic Vinegar

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Vinegar’s acetic acid slows down how quickly you digest and absorb glucose from starch; this helps to control hunger and makes you less likely to eat later. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a starchy dish to stabilize your post-meal blood sugar.

Nuts May Be Your Best Snack to Help Maintain Weight Loss — Here's Why

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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