AmoLatina (amolatina) wrote,

Tasty and Healthy: 5 Superfoods from Latin America

Many amazing things come from Latin America, just take a look at the members of AmoLatina! Did you know that many of the best superfoods come directly from Latin American countries? Take a look at just five of the many health-promoting foods with Latin origins. Don't forget the beans though, they didn't make the list, because they come from various places around the world, but they are a staple in the Latin diet.

The name comes from the Latin American word ahuacatl which translates to "testicle" a likely reference to its shape. While the name may have questionable origins, there is no denying the health benefits of the avocado we all enjoy today. Low in cholesterol and sodium, full of healthy fats (which we all need), and chock full of  dietary fiber, Vitamin C, and folate.

According to the most recent studies, the Pichuberry contains a group of naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the rare antioxidant, Withanolides, that has been shown to support the immune system and help fight carcinogens.

Brazil Nuts
The Brazil nut tree and its delicious nut is native to the many areas of Latin America, including Venezuela, Brazil, eastern Colombia, eastern Peru, and eastern Bolivia. Tasty to snack on, the Brazil nut is a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and the mineral selenium, which has been thought to help prevent certain cancers.

Quinoa can be used as a healthy alternative to white rice in a number of dishes and is considered a complete protein, giving your body all the essential amino acids it needs. Quinoa is also an excellent source of magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.

Chile Peppers
Chiles contain a compound called capsaicin that helps the body burn calories. There are many varieties of chile peppers, but most have been known to be full of nutrients and low in cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fats.

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