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tomato broccoliPairing cooked tomatoes with cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage) have been shown to help prevent certain cancers, especially prostate cancer. What’s more interesting is that recent research shows that eating tomatoes and broccoli together has even greater synergistic health benefits.

A study published in Cancer Research showed that prostate tumors grew much slower in rats fed both tomato and broccoli powder, compared to rats that ate either broccoli or tomato powder alone, or rats given lycopene as a supplement to their regular diet.

Cooking Tips

To get the most out of this dynamic duo, they must be cooked in a way that optimizes their nutritional value.

Tomatoes are best when stewed. The phytonutrients in tomatoes become more concentrated and bioavailable when tomatoes are cooked into a sauce or paste and are eaten with a little oil.

Broccoli however works in just the opposite manner– overcooking kills its nutrients. It’s best to steam or sauté broccoli lightly. Also broccoli’s healthful compounds emerge only after it’s been cut, so chop florets into half or quarters then let sit for a couple minutes before cooking for best results.

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