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6 Healthy Ingredients in Mexican Food

6 Healthy Ingredients in Mexican Food

Low-fat Mexican recipes need not be an oxymoron! Ditch the salt, cheese and cream, and get more of these super-healthy ingredients on your plate.

Beans: They lower bad cholesterol, nourish the brain, regulate digestion and have been found to protect you from certain cancers. Combined with rice, they form a complete protein, comparable to that in meat or dairy. Kidney beans strengthen bones, thanks to their Vitamin K, calcium and manganese content.

Salsa: Besides boasting a wonderful freshness, salsa is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The addition of extra virgin olive oil to a combination of tomatoes, lemon juice and peppers not only deepens the flavor but has heart-healthy benefits. For fresh ideas with salsa,†click here.

Avocado: Itís the best fruit for sourcing your Vitamin E, which improves overall immunity. Studies show that the oleic acid in avocado prevents breast cancer. Then thereís folate, which plays a key role in keeping the heart healthy. So, go for the guacamole! And find exciting avocado recipes†here.

JalapeŮo: the capsaicin in them is anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy, helpful in battling headaches and sinus infections, and known to play a role in preventing certain cancers. Itís thermogenic, too, which means it burns away calories and assists in weight loss!†Here’s interesting take on how to cook healthy with jalapenos.

Cilantro: my favorite herb, cilantro boasts a wonderful fragrance, refreshing flavor, and comes loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Corn: A number of key nutrients combine in corn to give it a high rating on the health-o-meter. Corn is chewy, so it helps you consume less while getting more satisfaction. Itís got fibre, to help you digest your food better.


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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1:53AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

good to know.

1:51AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Very interesting article, I learnt something new. Thanks!

1:51AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Very interesting article, I learnt something new. Thanks!

2:33AM PDT on May 1, 2013

Thank you :)

5:02PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013


8:55PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Kathy, i think for homemade refried beans recipe it is more of a regional (or family) thing. Mom learned how to make hers straight from Franks (brother's father) mother, who said (this is after it was translated since she spoke only Spanish) "1 lb of lard to 1 lb of beans, and with authentic spicy Mexican sausage if you want."

Frank even said you can go to 7 different villages/towns in the same area, order a dish with the same name as a dish in the 6 other villages/towns and receive a different dish.

6:24AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

PS refried beans (when made homemade) don't have lard! You simply mash up beans you just cooked, and fry them up in a pan! Where are you people getting refried beans?!?

6:18AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I was married to a Hispanic for 2 years (together for 5) and his mom made it clear that I had to learn how to cook the foods they eat. So, my salsa, homemade tortillas, frijoles mexicanos ect are to die for :) we eat authentic Mexican cuisine about once a week (even though my ex husband is not with us :) ) i LOVE avocado (with a dash of salt) and cilantro is good all by itself :) or in any salads, on most dishes. great article. I do have to wonder, however, how they eat so many healthy foods, yet are so typically obese?

1:39PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

My family LOVE Jalapeños, and my Avacadoes never last more than a day in my house. Every time my brother comes back from visiting his dad he brings me a recipe card. His father is Mexican and his mother left him a box full of recipes when she passed on to the Pearl Gates. And he knows how much I love to cook. Sadly, my brother doesn't visit his father very often due to distance and money.

6:57PM PST on Jan 10, 2013


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