Food Synergy the Concept of Food Combination

Food Synergy the Concept of Food Combination

Research shows certain foods when paired or combined together become healthier. The thought behind this or the concept is refereed to as “food synergy.” The health experts explain the concept as how two foods can be greater than the sum of their parts, or when eaten alone. Synergy can also mean a collaboration, cooperation, teamwork, working together, or in unity.

Much like our head article image demonstrates. A time watch with many parts that work in synergy or in harmony to keep time.

Food Combinations Working In Synergy

Tomato and Cheese with olive oil

Image credit: Guide To Healing Herbs – Winter 2014 edition – page 76

That is what food does when paired and eaten together. The most common example we can think of is, tomatoes paired with mozzarella, and including fresh basil and olive oil.

Eaten together, makes each of these foods, cancer fighting, anti heart disease compounds more available to the body. In other words, they each have a benefit to the body, but together, it is like 5 times more beneficial than each alone, and that is food synergy.

The concept of food synergy stress that good health may not just be the wonderful verity of healthy foods we eat, but rather how you combine them. Eating food combinations that biochemically balance each other.

Here’s another example, rosemary and steak. We know that steak when charred can produce carcinogenic compounds which are cancer causing.

But when you marinate the steak with the herb rosemary, which is rich in antioxidants, like rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid, it nutralizes the caroinogenic compounds when a steak reaches 325 degrees.

The website, Health News Library has a new page – How Food Works To Make You Healthy. They have slide show which explains how food works when combining different foods together for a greater health benefit.

Link over and enjoy the information to better health: Health News Library

 

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Lemongrass Basil Thai Chicken

Lemon Grass Basil Thai Chicken

Have you had lemongrass before? When mixed with other ingredients it can be really tasty. Lemongrass is associated with Asian cooking especially in Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese food.

Lemongrass is also classified as an herb and is reported to have many health benefits.

The herb has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is very potent in helping to detoxify internal organs, such as the liver, exocrine gland, excretory organs, and the digestive tract.

It also helps to lower the buildup of uric acid (herb can bring relief for those who suffer with Gout), cholesterol, superfluous fats and other toxins in the body while helping with digestion, and improving blood circulation.

It also has been report for use as calming effect in relieving insomnia and stress.

Now for the featured recipe and here is what you will need:

4 chicken breast, chopped 1-inch squares

16 oz. bag Mediterranean vegetable blend

¾ cup Desiccated Coconut

1 green chili, serrano, without seeds

2 garlic cloves

½ cup extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil

½ tsp. Himalayan salt

3 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. dried basil or 5 fresh Thai basil leaves

½ tube of Garden gourmet Lemon Grass or 3 fresh chopped stalks lemon grass, white parts only

1 tsp. arrowroot starch

close-up of Lemon Grass Basil Thai ChickenIf you can’t find fresh Thai basil, the common sweet basil will work. Lemongrass can be hard to find fresh, so the tube of Garden Gourmet Lemon Grass will work just as well.

In a food processor, add coconut, chili, garlic, oil, salt, juice, basil, lemongrass, and process until a paste is formed, about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Set aside.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or avocado oil and heat. Add chopped chicken breast and cook until outside of meat is white or oblique. Add vegetable blend and stir in.

Next add lemongrass mixture and stir in. Add 1 tsp. arrowroot starch to ¼ cup of cold water and mix till arrowroot is dissolved, add to meat mixture, mixing in till well incorporated.

Side of Wild Rice with Rosemary, Parsley and ThymeContinue to stir ingredients till mixture starts to boil and thicken some.

Turn heat down to simmer for 10 minutes more or until chicken is cooked through.

You can serve over cooked rice.

We served our Lemongrass Basil Thai Chicken with a side of Wild Rice with Rosemary, Parsley and Thyme.

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