Well, apparently researchers in Britain knew…that combining broccoli and mustard increases the nutritional quality of both! Apparently cooking broccoli destroys one enzyme that is needed for humans to absorb all of the disease-fighting goodness of broccoli and other dark green vegetables. But mustard has that enzyme, so combining it with broccoli allows your body to get the good stuff out of the broccoli! You can read a more detailed explanation here.
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I’m not the hugest fan of broccoli, although I eat it because it’s good for you – turns out I should have been eating it with mustard, and from now on I will! There are some other food combinations that increase nutrient absorption and don’t involve mustard (for the mustard haters out there) and work really well together, like tomatoes and olive oil. You can read more about them in this article.
Now I want to invent some kind of cheesy broccoli gratin with mustard in the sauce – if you know of one, send me the recipe!