The 10 Healthiest Food Pairings

Watch your good health surge as you add these potent food combinations to your diet.

April 9, 2012
Why Food Pairing Matters
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In today's world, there's pretty much no limit to what food pairings you can concoct in your kitchen. Exotic, out-of-season, and processed fare are readily available at most supermarkets, and while it may make cooking more exciting, that availability could be doing a number on your health, reducing your nutrient absorption, crushing your immune system, accelerating your aging, and leading to weight gain, according to digestion guru Donna Gates, creator of the Body Ecology Diet. "You are not what you eat, you are what you digest," says Gates, who notes that poor food combinations can wreak havoc on your gut. The top food pairings could make you happier, too. In fact, food synergy is the basis of The Happiness Diet (Rodale, 2011). "Combining whole, natural foods regularly, amplifying their health benefits via synergistic effects," explains Drew Ramsey, MD, coauthor of the book. "One key reason the happiness diet is so good for the brain is the amazing number of food synergies that exist between whole, unprocessed foods."

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