5 Food Combos That Keep Heart Attacks At Bay
Wine and cheese, milk and cookies, fish and chips are timeless combinations that have become like celebrity pairs. They appear together the world over and if they ever have a split, the world sits up and talks about it. Food pairing has always been about great taste, but there is more than just tickle of the palate if it’s your heart that’s on the line.
Garlic and Fish Oil
If you have been eating fish oil for its omega 3 fatty acid benefits, you are doing just fine. Here’s where garlic changes the game. The tiny pieces of seasoner reduce triglyceride levels as well as LDL cholesterol, as found in a study in University of Guelph in Canada.
Carrots and Hummus
Carrots have pigments called carotenoids, which give them their orange colour. This fat-soluble nutrient decreases inflammation and also prevents cardiovascular diseases, as found in a study by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2006.
Salt and Avocado
No matter what made that plate, salad is a food that’s nutrients-rich in one way or the other, but there are some nutrients that do not get absorbed by your body due to the absence of dietary fat. By adding avocado slices to a salad, the absorption of the nutrients lutein, lycopene, β-carotene, and α-carotene is enhanced, as the Journal of Nutrition found in a study done in 2005.
Dark Chocolate and Apples
A fruit dripping in chocolate gives a good feeling, one instantly thinks of strawberries and romp sessions. But apples covered in chocolate? Really? Yes. Why? Because apples contain high level of quercetin. And dark chocolates contain catechins, which are anti-inflammatory pigments that lower the risk of heart disease.
Tomato and Olive Oil
The red tomato in your kitchen has a lot of benefits for your heart listed on its CV. Tomatoes produce an anti-oxidant, phytochemical lycopene, that’s associated with lowering the risk of heart disease, found a study by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The key here is to add a little olive oil in your tomato products to increase your heart’s health meter!