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3 Super Healthy Foods

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We love comfort food, especially in the fall. Sometimes, it can even fall into the “exotic” category… which is all the better! Many foods from around the world have health benefits and are especially tasty. We’ve got three ingredients that warrant some attention; give them a try tonight!
 
Stevia
About it: A plant originating in Brazil and Paraguay, its sweetener form is pretty popular in South America and Asia. In fact, its sweetness is pretty impressive: one tablespoon of stevia can replace a half-cup of sugar, so be sure to use it in moderation.
Its properties: How does “zero calories” sound? Forget sugar and aspartame in your coffee! What’s more is that according to a study conducted on animals, stevia does not cause cavities. You can both purchase it in both natural food stores and larger grocery stores.
 
Tempeh
About it:It is composed of cooked soybeans, and then fermented for 24 hours. It is cultivated in Indonesia, and its taste is similar to mushrooms and hazelnut.
Its properties: Tempeh is richer in protein than tofu. It has a firm and granulated texture, as well as an intense flavour; basically, it’s the perfect meat substitute! We prepare it the way we do meat, whether grilled whole or cut up for sauces. Your meals will end up succulent and nourishing, and easy to digest. Tempeh’s fat content is also exemplary: it contains 9g of fat for every 100g of tempeh (the same amount of semi-lean ground beef has 16g, and regular ground beef contains 24g). Try it tonight!
 
Chia
About it: Once consumed by the Mayans and Aztecs, chia originated in Mexico. Today, the food (mainly sold by the brand Salba) is produced in Peru. It comes in the form of grains, with its colour ranging from white to brown.
Its properties: A winner across all categories, chia is high in fibre (25% of its weight), contains a bevy of vitamins and minerals, particularly linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. The latter has many cardiovascular health benefits, and is also good for the cerebral, hormonal, and inflammatory systems. To benefit from its properties, there is no need to grind the seeds; you can simply sprinkle them on your breakfast cereal, yogourt, and any other foods you enjoy. Beware, however: because of its high fat content (even the good fats), it should not be overused.
 
 
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  • groceryalerts
    September 7, 2010 at 1:14 am
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    Great point about the Stevia.

    It is very expensive but great compared to sugar.- I like to use other substitutes.

    What about honey instead?
  • pchung
    September 8, 2010 at 11:37 am
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    I dont use much sugar, except when baking. How much would one use if they only need 1/2 tsp or 1 tsp. Also would honey have much more calories if used as a substitute for sugar?
  • Brenda
    September 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm
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    I just wish Stevia didn't have such a bitter aftertaste.
  • darac55
    November 16, 2010 at 2:48 am
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    I use the Chia in my morning yogurt I cant say I really notice a taste,but does give it a slight crunch.along with almonds ,hemp hearts, cracked flaxed seed and ground bee pollen,it packs a super punch and keeps me going for 3 to 4 hrs
  • wholykraft
    July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am
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    I actually have a stevia plant--any idea how I use it? Chop leaves (like basil)and add to drink? Boil leaves, and add water to tea?

    And how much is too much? The article that 'in moderation' links too doesn't say what that means for stevia.
  • Dorothy
    March 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm
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    How is stevia a super healthy food?!?! There is no health benefit to it whatsoever! This article is ridiculous!

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