2017 heralds the arrival of an updated list of superfoods that will bring exciting ingredients to meals and dishes. Be bold – they may be unfamiliar but these are exciting new additions to boost your diet.
Touted as the king of superfoods in 2017, offal is the internal organs and entrails of a slaughtered animal. Sounds unappetizing? The proven benefits of eating chitterlings, trotters, kidneys, livers, tripe and snouts, should bring a change of heart. Kidneys, for example, are full of iron, folate, niacin and vitamin B12 among others. Liver is a great source of protein, vitamin A, folic acid and CoQ10 (for cardiovascular function). Heart is a lean muscle meat that contains thiamin, selenium, zinc, vitamin B and CoQ10.
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- Goat Meat
Goats have been around since 10,000 years BC. Including goat meat in your diets ensures that you will be getting loads of nutrients and vitamins such as B, E and K. It is a low natural fat that is healthy for consumption and is good for a Mediterranean type of diet. According to a 2012 study published by the Michigan State University Extension, the fat content of goat meat is 50% lower than beef and 40% lower in saturated fat compared to chicken. Consuming goat meat reduces the risks of coronary diseases, may prevent cancer, improves cholesterol levels, lowers the risk of obesity and keeps the body healthy.
Recipes: These are too numerous to mention, but goat meat is currently most frequently found in Indian meals such as curries, but also Persian and Central Asian dishes. You can turn goat meat into burgers, sausages, goat chops, and steaks as well.
- Red Algae
Seaweed in general has been a staple in Asian cuisine since prehistoric times. It is healthy and packed with vitamins and minerals. Red algae are used as food or medicine. In addition to vitamins and minerals, they have super antioxidant properties that promote healthy circulation, control blood sugar levels and improve overall cholesterol. Red algae helps to improve the immune system and is good for the skin.
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