Health Benefits Of Salsa
You may be one of those who enjoy their salsa more than their fajitas, burritos, or tacos, but even you may not be aware of the close connection between salsa and your health. This tasty condiment, usually served in Mexican restaurants also brings you a spate of health benefits. Yes! And that is why salsa has become a condiment more popular than ketchup. Check out the health benefits of salsa and get ready to enjoy its goodness:
Tomato is the main ingredient that goes into making salsa. It is a well-documented fact that tomatoes are rich in the flavonoid lycopene, which is a good contributor to heart-health. According to a study report of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources reveals that lycopene can cut down the risk of prostrate cancer as well as cardiovascular diseases, besides protecting the skin against UV skin damage too. A potential group of antioxidants, Anthocyanin, also found in tomatoes, are a good source to control free radicals in the body.
These days, salsa is not only made with tomatoes but with a variety of fruits, e.g., mango salsa, Fruits are a natural source of fiber, not only that, they also supply us with enough vitamins, minerals, folic acid, and potassium. In case you are not that mad about tomatoes, you may consider including fruit salsa in your daily diet.
Chilies, another popular ingredient in salsa, are used in various forms and one of the popular forms are the jalapenos, and red pepper flakes. Chilies raise the metabolic rate of the body and, therefore, an obvious choice for those who want to lose weight. Because of this thermogenic quality of chilies, salsa is a good choice for dieters. The capsaicin present in chilies induces heat and ups the heart beat, thereby burning calories. According to a Japanese study, women who ate red pepper in their breakfast ate less during lunch as compared to those who didn’t. Besides being good weight control agent, chilies also contain Vitamins A, C, and E, folic acid, and potassium.
Salsa also contains a good amount of onions, which is not only crisp and pungent but also an indispensable ingredient in the dish. The health benefits of onion are well-documented even by the World Health Organization (WHO), which recommends usage of onions in treatments of poor appetite, prevention of artherosclerosis, and treating coughs, asthma, and bronchitis. However, that is not all. Onions contain one of the most potent antioxidants, Quercetin, which is a fat-buster. According to a study conducted by the University of Georgia, Quercetin not only checks accumulation of fat inside mature cells but also prevent formation of new fat cells by triggering the death of existing fat cells.
A little garlic goes a long way in boosting your health in many ways. Garlic not only prevents common cold, hypertension, and even cancer, but it is also believed to treat impotence.
When you put a dash of lime juice to your salsa, you think you are adding just tanginess. Well tanginess is a reason but more important than that is the fact that lime juice boosts Vitamins like C, B6, and potassium, folic acid, and flavonoids in our body. Besides, lime juice also raises the acidic levels, thereby killing cholera in the food.
Most of us consider olive oil as fattening, which is true to some extent but the fat content in this oil is mostly of good kind, i.e., monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). The MUFAs are effective in increasing good cholesterol while reducing bad cholesterol.
There is no doubt that it was somebody genius who invented salsa but it doesn’t take a genius to understand the health benefits of salsa and make it a part of your daily diet.