Posted: 12/27/2016 06:36:00 PM
Five of the healthiest and most delicious Pinoy superfoods, thought to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are thought to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. They contain large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals and eating them may help you fight disease and prolong life.
When many Americans think of superfoods, they think of foods like kale, berries, flaxseed, walnuts, and salmon, but there are superfoods from regions and cuisines all over the world, including Filipino food. And Filipino superfoods often come without the hefty price tag that trendy superfoods like acai, oysters, and Greek yogurt have.
Here are five of the healthiest and most delicious Pinoy superfoods; add these to your cart at Filstop!
Coconuts are “power fruits”; they’re chock full of vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C and E and they are rich in fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and sodium. They also give us coconut oil, coconut milk, and more. According to BBC Good Food, a 100ml serving of canned coconut milk contains 154 calories, 3.4 grams of carbohydrates, 1.4 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fat.
Mangosteens are primarily grown in Southeast Asia and as such are hard to find in the continental U.S. Known as “the queen of fruits,” mangosteens contain high levels of vitamins and minerals. What’s more, all of the fruit’s parts—the juice, bark, rind, twig, and the fruit itself—are used as medicine to treat a variety of conditions including UTI’s, tuberculosis, cancer, osteoarthritis, menstrual disorders, and more.
This vegetable, also known as “the miracle tree,” contains 50 times the vitamin B2 found in bananas, 50 times the vitamin B3 in peanuts, 36 times the magnesium in eggs, seven times the amount of vitamin C content of oranges, four times the beta carotene contained in carrots, four times the amount of calcium in milk, and at least three times the iron found in spinach. It’s used as an herbal medicine to treat diseases and conditions such as hypertension, rheumatism, cancer, arthritis, various skin disorders, and joint pains.
Talinum grows in tropical climates and is found in abundance in the Philippines. It contains a great deal of vitamin A and C and is known for its ability to help lactating mothers produce milk. Talinum also helps treat liver and kidney disease, as well as various skin diseases. It’s a good substitute for spinach and is cooked the same way spinach is cooked.
Not only are mangoes tasty, but they’re cholesterol-free, low-fat, and full of vitamins A and C along with dietary fiber and antioxidant compounds. It’s thought that people who consume high-fiber foods may have a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, stroke, and ulcers.
Add some of these superfoods to your diet for a boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and to help treat everything from joint pains to cancer. You can find these superfoods along with other delicious Pinoy food at FilStop.