The Power of Combining Foods – Looks like we’re on to something
Posted Nov 12 2009 10:04pm
As many of you know, our new menu was developed based on this concept of Food Pairing or Combining Foods – by combining ingredients from different food groups – whole grains, lean proteins, fresh vegetables and good fats – the overall nutritional benefits to your body are greater than that of the constituent parts. A simple example – if you are eating a salad, you would enjoy far greater nutrient absorption by adding a balsamic vinaigrette than you would if you ate the salad without any dressing. In its simplest form, the good fat in the salad dressing (from the olive oil) helps to ’shuttle’ nutrients into our bodies and cells as we digest the food.
More and more research is being published that considers this phenomenon of food pairing and the possible benefits associated therewith. According to a recent article on AICR’s (American Institute for Cancer Research) website, combining plant foods may in fact protect us against cancer.
Whether or not this will ultimately prove to be scientifically true or not I can’t say, but the fact is that enough research has been published to support the idea that it is a good thing as opposed to a bad thing.