Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

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The health benefits of ginger tea are many. In fact, they are probably far more than you have imagined. Certainly, just the taste and “comfort” alone of a nice, hot cup of organic ginger tea is reason enough to enjoy a cup or three now and then. However, once you fully understand all the health benefits of ginger tea, you may want to drink it even more often.

This site is, of course, centered around and focused on providing recipes, information, and helpful resources for ethnic foods from cultures the world over. However, we do occasionally pick out some of the especially beneficial ingredients found in various ethnic cuisines and highlight them in a special post. Ginger is one such ingredient. Popular all over the planet, this marvelous root not only provides zing and zip to culinary creations, it is darn good for what ails you, too!

If you have a common cold in the winter? You can’t beat a hot cup of ginger tea for a cure. Ginger root contains extremely high levels of magnesium and other minerals, and the all-important Vitamin C. These qualities are what contribute to the long list of health benefits of ginger tea.

Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

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There is a simple, easy to make recipe provided below. The great thing about ginger tea is, once you have the basic tea made, you can have fun with the taste buds experience. You can add lemon, organic honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint, etc. to modify and/or enhance the strong taste of the raw ginger.

But before we get into how to make a cup of soothing, healing, and oh-so-good for you tea, here is a list of the many …

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Best Ever Superfruit – Baobab!

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I am in a never ending search for unique, exotic, and little known foods from ethnic cultures around the world. This search includes finding the best ever superfruit. In doing so, I stumbled onto this amazing fruit that grows on the majestic, indigenous to North Africa, Baobab Tree.

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The Baobab tree (common name for the 9 species of trees in the genus Adansonia) looks like a giant, standing alone, high above the shrubbery in vast plains. And they are, indeed, very large trees. Adansonias often attain heights of nearly 100 feet and the diameters of their monolithic trunks will grow as large as 36 feet.

Immensely popular in Africa, particularly in the northern regions, Baobab fruit has been the planet’s “best kept secret”, when it comes to healthy foods, for centuries. I did some Google searches for keywords such as:

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20 Bizarre But Healthy Super Foods

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Here at Ethnic Foods R Us, we like to share ethnic foods that are everyday fare for cultures around the world, but unusual and “ethnic” foods to people of other cultures. But we also promote healthy diets and eating habits.

So, in keeping with that secondary purpose, this post will provide you with a list of 20 bizarre but healthy super foods you should know about and have in your diet. Looks can be deceiving, but these foods are loaded with health benefits.


1. Millet

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Yep, good old bird feed, a staple in lots of the mixes you put out for our feathered friends. But you should be eating this yourself.

A gluten-free food, Millet is chocked full of phytic acid, fiber, magnesium, and Magnese, and not only safe for human consumption, very beneficial. Magnese promotes good development of connective tissues and bones, and get this – Millet is sexy too, it promotes the production of sex hormones in the body.

If you can’t find millet locally, you can purchase some if you go here, on our online foods store.


2. Chicken Liver

20 Bizarre But Healthy Super Foods

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Lots of people are familiar with, and like, chicken liver pate, but with its ability to deliver to the body a lot of iron, Vitanims A and B12, it should be an inclusion in your diet as an ingredient in menu items as well. Or just sauté some up in butter and eat with a little salt and pepper – delicious.

Another health benefit is how it helps keep your thyroid healthy, because of the Folate it contains, which also promotes fertility.


3. Kohlrabi

(Photo Attributed to Author: Anita Martinz from Klagenfurt, Austria)

(Photo Attributed to Author: Anita Martinz from Klagenfurt, Austria)

This weird looking vegetable is actually a cousin to broccoli and cabbage, but looks more like a turnip with a bunch of spires sprouting out of it. Usually purple or sometimes a light green color, kohlrabi contains a large level of potassium and Vitamin C, as well as many cancer-fighting phytochemicals.

It makes a great addition to salads, and can be added as a tasty and healthy addition to your stir-fry dishes.


4. Amaranth

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This attractive plant produces a grain that excels over wheat with its extremely high fiber content. Loaded with Vitamins A and C, and potassium, Amaranth is a very good food anytime, but especially good for people recovering from injury or illness, because it is very gentle on the digestive system.

If you can’t find Amaranth locally, you can purchase some if you go here, on our online foods store.


5. Blood Pudding/Sausage

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I know, I know, most people are like, “Seriously? Pudding made from blood?”

But yes, this food, quite popular in England, is made from the dried blood of cows or pigs. It tastes like sausage, is often sold in sausage form, and contains “heam,” which is a type of iron.

Heam happens to be the form of iron most readily absorbed by the human body, hence, it is valuable in aiding in the defense against anemia.

Brave enough to try it? You can get some if you go here, on our online foods store.

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Spinach the Superfood

Spinach the Superfood

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Even before the term “Superfood” became vogue, centuries ago, many people knew of spinach’s health and wellness benefits and, if there had been such a term back then, certainly “Spinach the Superfood” would have been three words put together in sentences a great deal.

Moms in the USA during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, used to have a hard time getting their kids to eat spinach; I know I was one of those kids, because it was usually canned spinach, not fresh, and if not seasoned well or mixed into a tasty dish as one ingredient, well … it just didn’t taste good.

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Many Benefits of Almond Milk

Many Benefits of Almond Milk

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Occasionally I like to post about healthy foods. This article on the many benefits of almond milk is a bit of a departure from our main focus on ethnic foods from cultures the world over. However, our readership has always commented on their appreciation for these types of informative posts, also.

(Photo Attributed to Author: Daniel Schwen)

(Photo Attributed to Author: Daniel Schwen)

Dairy milk is by far the most well known and preferred type of milk in most cultures around the planet. It is known and revered for its high content of several minerals and vitamins, as well as providing some protein. Almond milk, however, tops cow’s milk in lots of ways, including even more protein and extra nutrients not found in dairy milk.

Health benefits of drinking almond milk, which I will get into at length and in detail below, include, but are not limited to: improved vision, weight loss, strong bones and a strong, healthy heart. Further, almond milk is an excellent substitute to nursing mothers’ breast milk. It will also help in building strong muscles, lowering high blood pressure and maintaining ideal blood pressure, and keeping your kidney healthy and functioning at optimum level. There is more … read on …

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Traditional Cooking with Hemp Seeds

Traditional Cooking with Hemp Seeds

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The term “hemp” refers to cannabis (marijuana), but is generally exclusive of the psychoactive forms of the cannabis plant. Traditional cooking with hemp seeds, the subject of this post, is not about whipping up some drinks, soups, porridge, or brownies to get high on. We are not discussing utilizing the THC-laden buds grown for recreational and/or medicinal purposes nowadays.

Marijuana THC Buds (Photo Attributed to Author: D-Kuru)

Marijuana THC Buds (Photo Attributed to Author: D-Kuru)

winkLet’s get that clear right now, okay?

 

Hemp plants are indigenous to, and have grown wild, in many regions all over the world. For thousands of years, people living in these regions have made use of cannabis seeds in their traditional cooking. And why not? They grow freely, are widely available, and cost nothing more than the labor to go out in the fields and harvest them.

Traditional Cooking with Hemp seeds has been in use for many generations worldwide.

World regions such as China, Mongolia, Germany, Russia and Northeast Europe have, since remote ancient times, made use of wild hemp, and have long ago learned how to cultivate the plant for improved quality and seed production.

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5 Health Benefits of Red Palm Oil

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The title of this post, 5 Health Benefits of Red Palm Oil, really falls short of the vast amount of benefits one could list.

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Red palm oil, home crafted in Liberia (Photo Attributed to Author: Antoshananarivo)

Red palm oil, in addition to its many culinary uses as a rich food high in nutrients, also has a long list of beneficial health and medicinal qualities. For the purposes of this article, though, we will concentrate on 5 of the most beneficial qualities it has.

Red palm oil is usually thought of as having originated in Africa but, in fact, it was revered and used in ancient Egypt as far back as 5,000 years ago. Beloved by Pharaohs as a sacred food, they prized the oil so highly that it was common to entomb Pharaohs with a bottle of palm oil – so they could have some in the afterlife.


Palm oil, for centuries has been (and still is now in modern times) produced primarily in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil. And it is a commonly used oil and food ingredient in those countries.

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All World Healthiest Street Foods

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This subject, the best all world healthiest street foods, is one of great interest to me, and many people. Especially those of us who love ethnic foods of all kinds. Often the best ethnic foods are sold right on the street by vendors whipping up some wonderful taste treats to enjoy while walking through the marketplace.

But which kinds of street foods are the healthiest for you? I did a bit of research on the topic, and found out some rather interesting facts. So let’s get right into it, and which ethnic groups on the planet have …

The Best All World Healthiest Street Foods

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Health Advantages of Raw Garlic

Health Advantages of Raw Garlic

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The health advantages of raw garlic are many. Especially when eaten raw, a small amount of daily garlic consumption is good for your overall health, for reasons which this article will explain.

Health Advantages of Raw Garlic

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Since many ethnic food cultures use garlic in their cuisines, I felt it appropriate to address this marvelous herb here on Ethnic Foods R Us. So here we go, with the …

Health Advantages of Raw Garlic!

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Unusual Edible Healthy Eggs

Unusual Edible Healthy Eggs

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Many ethnic cuisines, especially in the Western countries, include eggs – by far the most common are chicken eggs. However, there are lots of other, unusual edible healthy eggs that are found in the cuisines of many cultures as well.

Before we get into these other, unusual edible healthy eggsunusual edible healthy eggs, let’s get something cleared up about “regular” chicken eggs that so many people know and love to eat. The common belief is that brown chicken eggs are healthier food than their white egg counterparts.

NOT!

Brown eggs are eggs that have been laid by brown or red chickens. White eggs come from white chickens. And the color of the shell is the only difference between the two – their nutritional value is absolutely the same and equal.

Now, when it comes to which chicken eggs are the healthiest for you, there is a significant difference between commercially farmed eggs and eggs produced by free-range, organically grown chickens.

Organic eggs contain substantially higher levels of Vitamins A and E, Omega 3, and beta carotene than commercially produced eggs. Organic eggs thus are not only much more nutritious, they are also tastier. Try a comparison and see for yourself. Additionally, organic eggs have lower levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, making them the far wiser choice for health-conscious people.

But enough about “regular” chicken eggs. Let’s now get into the main content of this post, and delve into this list of:

Unusual Edible Healthy Eggs

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Curries Health Benefits and Ingredients

Curries Health Benefits and Ingredients

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Curries Health Benefits and Ingredients

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Curry Powder is a popular spice mix that has a number of valuable health benefits, including the prevention of cancer, protection against heart disease, reduction of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, ease from pain and inflammation, boosting bone health, protecting the immune system from bacterial infections,  and increasing the liver’s ability to remove toxins from the body.

Curry powder originated in South Asian and Indian cuisines. However, during the 19th and 20th centuries, when it was discovered by colonial visitors to the East, it soon gained immense popularity and large scale exportation of curry to the West began. By the middle of the 20th century, with the global popularization of Indian cuisine, which relies heavily on curries, the tasty spicy powder became even more readily available all around the world.

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Healthiest Ethnic Food

Healthiest Ethnic Food on Earth

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Everyone who comes to this site often, from all over the planet, has a love of ethnic foods. You are all like me, enjoying tasting the foods of many different cultures. Recently, one of the readers posed the question, “Which culture has the healthiest ethnic food of all?”

So I did some research. I wanted to know, myself. I had a hunch it would probably be one of the Asian cuisines. And, while lots of Asian cultures do have cuisines that rank very high on the list of “Healthiest Ethnic Food”, well …

I was wrong.


Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan are on most Top Ten lists I found, often all three were in the Top Five. But guess which region, out of all the cultures on Earth, actually does have the healthiest diet of all?

Mediterranean Cuisine has the Healthiest Ethnic Food Anywhere in the World.

Healthiest Ethnic Food

Healthiest Ethnic Food

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best ethnic recipes in the world

Best Ethnic Recipes in the World

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Ethnic Foods R Us is committed to providing to you the best ethnic recipes in the world. We’ve made some new site improvements that provide easy, and multiple ways of navigating through the pages. You can now quickly seek out single-page, print friendly recipes from all the many ethnic cultures’ cuisines represented here.

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And that’s not all we have done to provide you the Best Ethnic Recipes in the World!

Check out all of these additional services we are now offering …!

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