Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Food combos

Joy Bauer, RD, writes about combining foods for max nutrition (Woman's Day).

First, if you have tummy trouble, it's good to combine calcium and inulin--a type of fiber. It's in Fibersure, Activia Fiber, artichokes, garlic leeks, bananas, whole wheat flour and asparagus. How does grilled asparagus with parmesan sound?

You also need Vitamin D to absorb calcium. Milk is a calcium source, of course, cheese, almond milk, kale, broccoli. Vit D is loaded into salmon, sardines, light tuna, and cow's milk.

Vitamin E and Vitamin C are good for eyes. The Vitamin E can even help prevent macular degeneration--a crappy old people thing. Vitamin E is in almonds (butter), peanuts, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and soybeans. Vitamin C is in citrus, of course, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, tomatoes, and potatoes.

For more energy, combine Iron and Vitamin C. Iron is in meat and some plant-based foods (beans). Add C for absorption. Bean burrito with salsa? Oatmeal with strawberries?

Ever heard of Vitamin K? It's in kale, spinach, chard, broccoli, cabbage. For a healthy heart and bones, combine K with "good" fat--say from nuts. How about broccoli sauteed in olive oil?

These are just a few of the winning combos. I looked and looked--Danish was not on there.

Instead of getting wrapped around the axel trying to figure the combinations, I would say eat fresh, healthful grub.

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