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Seven perks of eating salsa


Today’s column is about the health benefits of salsa, a popular condiment made from tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spices.

Salsa is a powerhouse of nutrition that can help improve your overall health and well-being. It is a low-calorie and low-fat condiment that is rich in vitamins A and C, which are essential for maintainin­g a healthy immune system.

What’s more, salsa contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidan­t that may help protect against certain types of cancer. The ingredient­s in salsa also have anti-inflammato­ry properties that may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Here’s a list of the seven basic ingredient­s needed to make salsa, and their health benefits:

1. Tomatoes

These are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and antioxidan­ts like lycopene, which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

2. Onions

Onions contain antioxidan­ts and sulfur compounds that may help lower blood sugar levels, reduce inflammati­on and improve heart health.

3. Jalapeños

Chili peppers like jalapeños or serrano peppers contain capsaicin, which may help boost metabolism, reduce inflammati­on, and improve digestive health. Capsaicin has also been shown to have pain-relieving effects. This means that salsa can add flavor to your meals and help manage pain and inflammati­on.

4. Cilantro

Cilantro is rich in antioxidan­ts and has been shown to have antibacter­ial properties. It may also help lower cholestero­l and blood pressure levels.

5. Garlic

Garlic has been shown to have dozens of potential health benefits, including reducing blood pressure, improving cholestero­l ratios, boosting immune function, and helping with both H. pylori and methane-dominant SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).

6. Lime juice

Lime juice is a good source of vitamin C and antioxidan­ts, which may help boost immune function and reduce inflammati­on.

7. Salt

While too much salt can be harmful, a moderate amount of salt is important for proper bodily function. It helps regulate fluid balance, muscle function and nerve function.

Salsa is an excellent option for those looking to manage their weight, too. It is a low-calorie condiment that can help you feel full for longer, which may reduce your overall calorie intake. Moreover, it is a healthier alternativ­e to high-sugar or high-sodium condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise or barbecue sauce.

Whether you’re using it as a dip for vegetables, a topping for grilled chicken or fish, or adding it to salads and soups, this Mexican favorite is a versatile and delicious condiment that can provide numerous health benefits.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a delicious and nutritious condiment, look no further than salsa. Its nutrient-packed ingredient­s and anti-inflammato­ry properties make it a great addition to any healthy diet.

So, make sure to add some salsa to your next meal and enjoy all the health benefits it has to offer.

This informatio­n is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss any medication changes, including timing, with your physician. For a longer version of this article, visit www.suzycohen.com.

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