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5 Star Ingredients of Latin Food with a Healthy Side

pork tenderloin

The ingredients that make frequent appearances in the many variations of Latin cuisine are not only delicious, they can also provide numerous health benefits.

Guava
One delicious guava provides 37 calories, 3 grams of fiber and has twice the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. It’s also rich in potassium and phosphorus. Guava is also packed with the phytochemical quercetin, which may help reduce inflammation.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin a la Rodriguez with Guava Glaze and Orange-Habanero Mojo (above)

Cilantro
Fresh herbs tend to be very low in calories and cilantro is no exception. One-quarter cup of fresh cilantro has only 1 calorie, but it’s brimming with folate and vitamins A, C and K.

Fish Tacos

Beans
This legume is widely used in Latin cuisine. Beans are rich in both protein and fiber. They’re also an excellent source of potassium, folate and magnesium and a good source of calcium, iron and zinc. The darker beans, like black beans, are rich in anthocyanins, one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

Rice and Bean Salad
rice and beans

Chiles
Spicy peppers such as jalapeno, serrano and habanero contain a chemical called capsicum. The more capsicum a pepper has, the hotter …read more