Salmon, blueberries, and broccoli are all superfoods Americans know and love. But what about superfoods used as primary ingredients in cuisines from other cultures? Expand your horizons and try to incorporate these superfoods into your diet for a well-rounded, nutritious meal.
Chickpeas are a popular ingredient in Egyptian cuisine, as well as many other Middle Eastern recipes. They’re a rich source of dietary fiber and protein, and a one-cup serving of chickpeas contains 94 percent of a woman’s daily recommended manganese intake and 74 percent for men. Manganese promotes wound healing and bone development.
Tomatoes make appearances in many Italian dishes, and for good reason – they’re high in antioxidants, which suggests they help prevent cancer. They’re also high in potassium, and consuming high levels of potassium is associated with a 20 percent decrease in death, says Medical News Today.
Turmeric is an important ingredient in Indian curry recipes, and it’s also used for a variety of ailments, including osteoarthritis. According to one study written about in WebMD, turmeric works as well for reducing pain as ibuprofen.