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Get to know these five high-performance food pairings

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Rice and beans, guacamole and salsa, olive oil and tomatoes: Traditional food pairings that date back thousands of years may seem like simple culinary staples, but to food researchers, they’re prime examples of food combinations that promote maximum nutrition.

The Nuance

Genes play a role in taste perception. But there’s a lot more to the story.

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Roughly a century ago, two researchers were working together in a DuPont chemical lab when one of them, Arthur L. Fox, spilled a bit of harmless phenylthiocarbamide dust. His colleague complained of the bitter taste in the air, but Fox tasted nothing — even after dabbing a bit of the dust onto his own tongue.

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