Tasty Summer Food Pairings to Supercharge Your Health

Nine delicious food combos to protect your heart, bolster your bones and much more (10 Photos)

Ellie Krieger on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:23AM

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Tasty Summer Food Pairings to Supercharge Your Health

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Sliced Summer Tomatoes With Olive Oil

Summer is the best season to consume these crimson gems. Just slice a whole, ripe tomato, drizzle it with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and enjoy. Turns out, there is magic in that combination beyond the fabulous taste. Scientists say tomatoes are the richest source of the antioxidant lycopene, a naturally powerful compound that neutralizes cancer-causing free radicals in the body. Since lycopene is fat-soluble experts say you need to eat a bit of fat with it for your body to best absorb the compound. To the rescue: A drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. It's delicious and boosts your body's absorption of the tomato’s healthful lycopene.

Author Ellie Krieger is the host of Food Network’s Health Appetite and author of such cookbooks as So Easy: Luscious Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week.

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