Food Synergy

Recent research shows that foods work together-a concept called food synergy- to promote health and protect against disease.

Scientists have isolated and identified thousands of unique phytonutrients from hundreds of different plant foods. In whole foods, these compounds interact with our cells, organs, and tissues in different ways, and when we combine these foods, we increase the health benefits. For example, when oranges, apples, grapes, and blueberries were tested both alone and together, the antioxidant activity was five times higher for the combined fruit salad than for the individual fruits.

Although certain food families have been found to be especially beneficial, the best way to achieve optimum health is through food synergy-enjoying a wide and colorful array of fruits and vegetables.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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