Food is a central theme for festivals world over. With Christmas round the corner let’s take apeek into what people around tuck into.
A Christmas favorite especially in the UK is Turkey, why not give it try this year;it’s got plenty of health benefits too. A classic accompaniment with turkey is cranberry sauce.
- Good source of protein and contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system
- Skinless turkey is low in fat
- Good source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus & Selenium
- Vitamin B6 and niacin, which are both essential for the body’s energy production
In Poland Beetroot soup or ‘Borscht’ is served as a traditional starter around Christmas time. It can be served hot or cold and is usually served on Christmas Eve. Health benefits of beetroots are:
- Naturally occurring nitrates inbeetshelps lower blood pressure
- The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer
- Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress
- Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium and manganese
In Russia, some people choose not to eat anything and fast on Christmas Eve until the first star has appeared in the sky. People then eat porridge or ‘Sochivo’ which is a porridge made from wheat or rice and served with honey, fruit, nuts and seeds.A great nourishing &filling breakfast option any time of the year.
In China a tradition which is becoming rather popular is the giving of apples on Christmas Eve. Most stores in China will sell apples wrapped in colorful paper so people can buy them and give them as gifts.
A rather healthy alternative to the traditional sweets and chocolates
- Apples are one of the top fruits with plenty of pectin, a soluble fibre that reduces cholesterol
- The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease
- Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out
- A good source of fiber , apples can help control weight
- Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
Incountries like Finland and France salmon too makes its way to the Christmas table. Salmon too has a host of health benefits.
- An excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids it contributes to healthy Brain and health function and general wellbeing
- Omega 3 fatty acids are also known to lower the risk of many cancers as well as many chronic diseases including Alzheimer’s disease , asthma, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis
- It is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12)