-- Tips from our experts
Before science the evolution of what was 'healthy' eating relied on empirical findings. We don't know who the first person was that decided to try drinking the milk from a cow's udder or eating a random red berry from a bush. The cow's milk worked out well and is a billion dollar business today. Depending on the red berry it may have tasted delicious or poisoned them to the point they dropped dead.
In any case we learned from these experiences and many different cultural foods and recipes evolved into some of the common health folklore that still follows us today. Garlic, for example, has been famous for centuries to help with health across many cultures. In Mexico they tend to squeeze fresh lime on almost everything which is a great benefit for helping balance pH levels. Lemons and limes are naturally alkaline which offsets some of the acidic properties of the other foods that may be part of a particular recipe.
One of the best learnings relates to tea. Tea, along with other herbal induced beverages, has long been known to have health benefits around the World. The people of the southern providences of China who brew tea from the Jiaogulan vine are known for their longer than average lifespan inside of China. We now know this is related to the powerful antioxidants and other health promoting compounds found inside of the leaves.
Another example is Quinua from Peru. Quinua was harvested and used by the Incans hundreds of years ago because of its nutritional benefits. It has now become a trendy addition to the shelves of health food stores in the US.
The curries in Thailand and India that are made from scratch have fresh ingredients, such as such as garlic, basil, ginger, shallots and lemon grass that are famous for their health benefits.
Trying different types of food and regional variations can do a lot to embellish a good health strategy. With the internet families can find new recipes to try from around the World at their fingertips and often find regional ingredients at specialty stores right in their city. If you eat out the trick is to make sure exotic restaurants are actually making the recipes from scratch. Curry mix from a package doesn't count.
Another option is to try some of the different fruits and vegetables from different parts of the World when they are available in local stores. Pomegranates are a great option to try and are known to be very healthy. In Latino stores you can often find Lucuma in frozen packets which make for a great drink called Batido. Of course the fresh Lucuma is the best but hard to find in the US.