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Powerful Food Pairings That Fight for Your Health

These disease-fighting combos are greater than the sum of their nutritional parts.

 

 

Combo 4 - Tomatoes and Broccoli

Fights: Prostate cancer

These vegetables are each loaded with cancer-fighting compounds: tomatoes, with antioxidants such as lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin A; and broccoli, with the phytochemicals beta-carotene, indoles, and isothiocyanates. A University of Illinois (UI) study also found that eating them together is like a one-two punch against prostate cancer. “We see an additive effect. We think it’s because the bioactive compounds in each food have different actions on anti-cancer pathways,” says UI food science and human nutrition professor John Erdman, Ph.D. In the study, the tomato and broccoli combination outperformed other diets in slowing the growth of cancer tumors in rats. So try to add about 11⁄2 cups of broccoli and 31⁄2 cups of cooked tomatoes to your diet at least three times per week.

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