In today’s global market, foods from around the world are accessible to people in developed countries everywhere. This means that you can taste French cheeses, Asian vegetables, Middle Eastern spices, and Colombian coffees without having to leave your city. Many local grocery stores have worked hard to meet the demands of consumers fascinated by the rich variety of foods our world has to offer. There certainly are many choices out there! But before you decide to peruse your grocery aisles for the newest German chocolates or Japanese sodas, there are healthier options out there. Many diet-conscious people know the benefits of green tea, red wine, kale, and other foods with foreign origins. There are new choices out there, though, ones that ought to be brought out of the aisle of odd grocery choices and into the mainstream. Here are two such foods that you need to incorporate into your diet.
1. Black Tea
Okay, this is not the most exotic of choices, but with origins ranging from central India to the farthest reaches of China, black teas are a healthy beverage choice–one that can be added to your roster beside Yerba Mate and green tea. Black teas are often consumed in America simply for their reasonable amount of caffeine. There are other reasons you should sip bold, hearty black teas on a regular basis:
- They are a filling drink. Studies have shown that drinking hot or iced black tea with a meal actually helps you feel fuller faster.
- Black teas help minimize the formation of plaque and the progression of tooth decay.
- They can minimize your risk of stroke.
- They contain numerous cancer-preventing antioxidants.
What does turmeric taste like? Most people in America have absolutely no idea. Some people with a taste for Indian cuisine may associate turmeric with curries, and this is correct. It adds an essential smoky-sweet flavor and a rich yellow color to many dishes. Try cooking with turmeric on a daily basis to gain the benefits this plant has to offer:
- Curcumin, a chemical compound in turmeric that gives it its characteristic color, can help ward off heart attacks.
- Turmeric can soothe the effects of heartburn and upset stomachs.
- It can also delay the onset of diabetes, which is reason enough to give it a try!
Thankfully, there are many unique ways to use black tea and turmeric in your daily diet. For more exotic, healthy flavors, also consider bok choy and cumin.