I eat Mexican food all the time, several times a week, on a good week. I make my own guacamole, tacos, bean burritos, as well as my very own fresh salsa. I also enjoy dining out, eating at any of the dozens of wonderful local establishments that feature Mexican fare. I often judge which of these restaurants to break bread (and dip chips) at by their salsa. If their salsa isn’t fresh, tasty, and hot enough to bring tears to my eyes, then I take a pass. Why? Because, to me, salsa is king—it is loaded with flavor and heat, yes, but also high in these nutritional benefits:
· Lycopene, a cancer-preventing antioxidant found in tomatoes
· Vitamin C and Potassium, also from tomatoes
· ONIONS have been known to help fight bacteria, aid in breathing, and treating coughs and colds
· Garlic helps fight cancer, improves your iron metabolism, may aid in weight loss and assist in lowering blood pressure
· Capsaicin, the chemical that makes jalapeno peppers hot, provides relief for migraine and sinus headaches, fights infections and cancer, and makes you feel good.
· Cilantro aids in digestion and may help symptoms of arthritis
· Lime is high in vitamin C, aids in digestion, is good for your skin, assists with weight loss and constipation
The health benefits found in salsa’s ingredients are endless.
Another wonderful thing about salsa is that it is so easy to make.
Add a few cloves of garlic and a chopped onion (I use shallot) to your food processor, toss in some fresh cilantro, a couple tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, squeeze of lime, salt and pepper to taste. It’s that easy!
Most folks use tortilla chips to scoop up their delicious salsa. I do too, but I also enjoy salsa on salads, with veggies, and atop my other favorite Mexican dishes.
What’s not to like, huh?
Tasty, good for you, and versatile, salsa is more than just that tomato-based sauce that arrives with the basket of chips. It is one of the healthiest foods around.
Until next time…