Separate from the taco trucks and nachos we all know and love, Mexico is blessed with some amazing, nutrient packed foods that add character to any dish. The simplicity of mexican food let the flavors of these awesome ingredients take center stage. Enjoy this small list of the components in Mexican food that have a positive impact on your health!
Cilantro. Like many herbs, this plant is especially potent, with strong antioxidant qualities. The chemical compounds in cilantro actually bind to the heavy metals, loosening them from the tissues, blood and organs and helping the body eliminate them. Get your daily boost of this super-herb in virtually all Mexican dishes!
Amaranth. For hundreds of years Aztecs used this amazing grain for their religious rituals and as a staple in their diets. Amaranth is an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, mineral rich superfood that can even prevent prematurely graying hair!
Hot peppers. The spicier the pepper, the higher the antioxidant levels. Hot peppers also have a similar effect as green tea or caffeine, boosting metabolism and curbing the appetite. Once you adapt to their zesty, explosive taste; these little plants produce happy chemicals like endorphins and were even considered by the Mayans and Aztecs to be an aphrodisiac.
Avocado. Avocado packs an excess of 25 essential nutrients. Its delicious, creamy flavor makes it an easy way to get in your copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, potassium, and many more. Guacamole all around!
Lime. Scientists have observed that the antioxidant limonoids found in limes cause cancer cell death. Lime limonoids also stay active longer in your bloodstream, mopping more free radicals than green tea or dark chocolate. So enjoy your mojito or corona with lime!