FOUR AFRO-CARIBBEAN SUPERFOODS YOU CAN FIND AT MONTEGO’S
Superfoods are nutritional powerhouses that give us large quantities of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. We need to consume nutrient-dense ingredients each day to keep us healthy and to ward off possible illnesses. A well-balanced diet which includes superfoods can help reduce aging effects, improve energy levels, manage weight, and promote a healthier heart. African Caribbean cuisine often includes organic and highly nutritious ingredients including three particularly important superfoods.
With that in mind, we are going to take a look at three African Caribbean superfoods you can find at Montego’s:
Yams- yams are packed with nutrition, especially vitamin C, vitamin B5, manganese, potassium, copper, thiamine, magnesium, and folate. Regular consumption of yams may enhance your brain functions. It contains diosgenin that boosts brain function and promotes neuron growth. For older women, yams may ease the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Yams also help maintain the level of two estrogenic hormones, estradiol and estrone. By relying more on yams as a source of carbohydrates, it could reduce the growth of colon tumour. Antioxidants in yams are anti-inflammatory substances that can reduce the risks of heart diseases. People with pre-diabetes or diabetes symptoms should replace simpler carbohydrates with the more complex carbs in yams that won’t increase blood sugar level too quickly.
Moringa- moringa is known for its ability to nourish your hair and skin. Its seed oil can protect your hair against free radicals and the proteins could protect skin cells from possible damages. Moringa contains detoxifying and hydrating elements and it appears that moringa can protect liver and help the repair process of liver damage. It contains niazimicin that suppressed the cancer cells development. For people with ulcerative colitis, gastritis, and constipation, extract of moringa can improve their condition. Because it contains phosphorus and calcium, moringa also keeps your bones strong and healthy.
Plantain- plantains are a good source of dietary fibre, which can improve bowel movements and reduce cholesterol levels. For those with diabetes or constipation, regular consumption of plantains could help improve their conditions. Plantains contain flavonoids and polyphenols that help to neutralise free radicals and Vitamin C which strengthens the immune system. It is recommended to eat ripe plantains, because light and heat may destroy vitamin C. Potassium can help people with hypertension and it could also balance excessive sodium levels. Vitamin B6 is useful for healthy neurotransmitters and red blood cells. One cup of plantain contributes to about 17% of the daily requirement of vitamin B6.
Sweet Potato- sweet potatoes are a great superfood for fibre and nutrients and you can find three different types at Montego’s Market. The Jamaican Sweet Potato is the king of sweet potatoes and this is reflected in the nutritional value – just ask Usain Bolt! You can also find the Brazilian Sweet Potato – a mid-range and popular sweet potato, good for you across the board. White Sweet potatoes are also available at Montego’s – an exotic type not found everywhere – this is great in salads and lunches with a touch of butter or olive oil.
Contact Montego's Market
To learn more about Montego's Market, visit us today at 15-19 Mill Street, Bedfird, MK40 3EU where you’ll find a wide range of traditional African and Caribbean foods, products, and more.
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