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Can you provide some details around food pairing?


Q. Beside copy cat following, how could I easily determine which colors are compatible? I know that items listed as Green such as Cole crops do not mix well with Purple Items such as white tuna or chicken, or peaches or plums.


A. Great question! Food pairing is a method for combining foods with similar or complementary flavor notes or components. Pairing provides the opportunity to try new flavor combinations and expand our cultural experiences. Since you mentioned tuna, check out a few recipes pairing seafood with fruits and vegetables.


You may be surprised to learn research suggests that pairing food with fruits and veggies can increase the amount of nutrients the body absorbs. We’ve known for a long time that vitamin C from fruit helps with the absorption of iron, but we’re also learning that foods work synergistically with each other to confer health benefits. This is still a new area of research and another reason why we recommend eating a wide variety of foods. Additionally, food pairing can help picky eaters obtain their daily recommendation of fruits and vegetables.



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