By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D. Associate Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine
I hear of a new health benefit of a different food virtually every day as associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine: Broccoli could fight cancer! Coffee may help you live longer! But what I hear about less often is how various foods interact-and, therefore, act-when you eat them together. Some foods, like iron-rich beans and calcium-packed cheese, fight for absorption in your body of their respective key nutrients when you eat them at the same time. But other foods have a synergistic effect-helping their star nutrients work even better in your body. Here are 5 such power pairs, many of which Jessica Girdwain reported about in the May/June issue of EatingWell Magazine:
Broccoli & Mustard
Raw broccoli is a good source of the powerful cancer-fighting compound sulforaphane. But cooking destroys the enzyme (myrosinase) in broccoli that makes sulforaphane available to your body. The fix?