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7 Must Have Food Combinations For A Great Health

Posted on: November 18, 2008

I have always been loud about the health benefits of food. Food is no doubt the best medicine, infact this has been proved . Research done by Rutgers University scientists Allan Conney, PhD, and George C Wagner, PhD, on food combination to ward of diseases and health issues is truly remarkable.Here’s how certain food combinations can double your health benefits. 

  1. Avocado and Salsa– The benefits of eating colourful foods have been in the circuit for quite sometime. Brightly coloured veggies used in salsa are known to be rich in carotenoids which reduce heart diseases, cancer and cataracts.The little known fact is that eating these vegetables with fats such as those present in avocado increased the absorption of carotene found in the vegetables like carrots 10 times more as compared to if eaten individually. Eating vegetables with fat adds to proper absorption of carotenoids in the intestine. So next time you eat your salad make sure to add a teaspoon of oil based dressing, great for dieters isn’t it.
  2. Beer and Nuts– Good news for all you pub hoppers, nuts and beer combo is great for your heart. Studies show that unsalted nuts,increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels while reducing the “bad” LDL cholesterol. Alcohol on the other hand acts as a blood thinner,  preventing the formation of clots that block blood flow to your heart.Fibre and fat in the nuts also slow down the absorption of alcohol in the blood. This keeps the hangover at bay on a moderate alcohol consumption.So if you want to reap the benefits of this great combo, then keep your alcohol to not more than 1 or 2 a day with about a 100gm of nuts
  3. Liver and Spinach– This is a great food combination to increase the blood iron levels. If you are suffering from anemia, then try having these two foods together. Spinach is an excellent source of iron and other essential minerals and vitamins.Ditto for the mutton liver (kaleji).However since mutton is high in lard or fat it might not be good for your cholesterol levels,so eating it everyday is not recommended. So if you are a meat eater,prefer to keep the mutton roasted and remember that moderation is the best for your health. 
  4. Dal and Rice– The very traditional dal chawal is one great combination to keep you fit and healthy.Dal lacks an essential amino acid ,the building blocks of protein; methionine which is taken care of if you eat rice along with it. So combinations like idli,khichri and dal chawal are great for providing energy and protein.Ideally 1 serving of rice with a bowl of dal is the perfect quantity to provide the body with its essentials. Add a bowl of vegetables and salads to it and you have a full meal.
  5. Garlic and Fennel– Both garlic and fennel have anti-cancer properties.They cut cancer growing cells in their own way, which makes them a great combo.An add on benefit with fennel is that a compound called anethol present in fennel takes care of the garlic breath. So you eat your garlic without smelling of it. Now that’s a great health benefit. Use this combination in marinades and dips to get the best from the both.  
  6. Mutton and Ginger-If you love to eat mutton, then do add ginger to your food. Cooking mutton with ginger not only helps in aiding digestion but also keeps the nausea producing compounds in the gut at bay.
  7. Fish and Broccoli– Double your body’s cancer fighting ability by combining these two super foods.Fish contains selenium, which is known to raise the levels of a cancer-fighting enzyme called thioredoxin reductase (TR-1). It’s counterpart broccoli contains sulforaphane, a plant chemical that also raises the TR-1 levels. When these two nutrients were combined the effect was 13 times more in slowing the growth of cancer cells than each was capable of individually.The baseline is that whenever you eat meat load it with veggies.

So next time you prepare a meal, try these amazing combinations and see the difference it makes to your health.

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3 Responses to "7 Must Have Food Combinations For A Great Health"

Unsalted nuts!! such an underrated food group. Why is there a huge misconception that they’re bad for you (only the salted and/or roasted in oil ones are). They are a good source of nutrition and leave you satisfied so you’re not reaching for other things.

This site gives a million recipes categorized by nut type: http://www.flaniganfarms.com/index_files/recipes.htm

Pretty cool..ENJOY!

Yes, its true nuts of any kind are a rich source of protein. They have many health benefits including the heart healthy types.Thanks for the link, will definitely try some of the recipes.

Yes, the groundnut belongs to the pea and bean family and is a legume.

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