MAY HEALTH TIPS

Corn: Delivers Major Health Benefits

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo this month by enjoying festive, delicious ingredients that also deliver major health benefits, like corn. Corn is a member of the whole grain family, a food group that fewer than 10% of Americans get enough of that’s tied to a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Corn is also surprisingly nutrient-rich. In addition to its B vitamins, fiber, and minerals, corn has been shown to pack as much antioxidant power as produce! Plus the pigments that give corn its bright yellow hue are linked to lung and eye protection. To take advantage of the benefits, dig into some corn on the cob, corn salsa, and even popped corn.

Limes: Busting with Good Nutrition

In addition to immune-supporting, anti-aging, fat-burning vitamin C, the antioxidants in lime have been linked to a reduced risk of several types of cancer, including skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon cancers. Lime juice and zest also add flavor and aroma to drinks and dishes with minimal calories. To reap the rewards, add a wedge or two of fresh lime to your water, try Sabrosa’s jalapeño & lime salsa, or quench your thirst with some S.A.S.S! tea, which combines chilled green tea with pineapple, chili pepper, and fresh lime.

Onion: The True Superfood

Onion, a key Cinco De Mayo ingredient, is a true super food. Onions help fight heart disease by protecting blood vessels and reducing cholesterol. Natural compounds in onions have also been shown to boost bone density, bolster immune defenses, balance blood sugar, and ward off chronic diseases, including cancer. And onions fight inflammation, a known trigger of premature aging and disease. Add sautéed onions to any Sabrosa dish, along with bell peppers, and enjoy them at home in everything from omelets to stir frys, soups, stews, and salads.

Incorporate More Herbs and Spices into Each Meal

The fresh herb cilantro, and its dried seeds, known as coriander, are frequently used in Mexican cuisine. Both are rich in antioxidants, and have been used medicinally for decades. Recent research concluded that coriander helps regulate blood sugar, to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. It has also been shown to help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, and up protective “good” HDL, to guard heart health. Many Sabrosa recipes use these delicious seasonings, but you can also enjoy them at home. Add cilantro to pico de gallo or guacamole, and sprinkle ground coriander into veggie chili, hummus, or garden salads.