It’s usually the month when you deny yourself. However with its long, dark, cold nights when many of us are paying for the indulgences of the previous season, if there’s ever a time when you need a pick me up, it’s January. Here at Limoncello we are talking about food and drinks reported to be good for us though perhaps aren’t necessarily slimming.
Free from cholesterol, truffles also include many of the minerals us humans need to live including zinc and iron. They are also a good (albeit rather pricey) source of protein which is especially relevant for vegetarians who cannot get this through meat.
As long as its at least 75% and eaten in moderation (quite important that) this wonder substance could have a myriad of benefits. This includes disarming free radicals – posh way of saying it’s an antioxidant – and helping lower blood pressure. It has even been advised it could help blood flow to the brain so in a way chocolate makes you more clever!
The jury's out here with some studies saying its good for us and others saying ‘Yeah not so much’. Previously it was reported in a Biomed Central Journal and Journal of Women’s health that it could help in reducing incidences of depression and colon/breast cancers. A little common sense is required here.
www.whfoods.com advises cultures where hot pepper is used liberally have a much lower rate of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism, so good news for those that want a healthy heart. It also has Vitamins A, E and several other vowels and consonants that help run our bodies.
Its important to note that much of the evidence suggested uses woolly phrases like “may”, “might” and “could”. It also suggests moderate use, especially the wine and chocolate. So advice about these foods are is to be taken with a pinch of salt... though not literally of course. That said being aware of what we put in our mouths can’t be a bad thing, at Limoncello we believe in Eatucation, which means if you see a flavour in our deli you haven’t experienced before ask and we’ll give you a no obligations taster.
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