Chia, acai, turmeric … Dictionary of healthy food

If you follow a healthy and balanced diet, the following terms will sound familiar: chia, turmeric, bimi, acai … as they are the culinary names of the moment when it comes to healthy eating. Coinciding with World Health Day, which is celebrated on April 7, Nanas & Co offers you the most complete vocabulary of healthy food, so you do not get “lost” when someone tells you how delicious (for example) beams or poppy benefits in balanced diet.


Acai is the fruit of a palm tree that grows only in the rainforests of northern Brazil. This fruit contains a large amount of antioxidants and vitamins A and C, which strengthen the immune system, skin and the formation of red blood cells. They also have a large amount of fiber.


It is a vegetable with long stems with a mild taste, which arises from a cross between conventional broccoli and Chinese or kailan. Currently, this is one of the healthiest vegetables that exists, it contains large amounts of calcium and high doses of vitamin C.


This is a plant from Central America, whose seeds are rich in carbohydrates, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Chia is an important source of Omega3; similarly, its high fiber content helps with constipation while lowering cholesterol.

sour cabbage:

This is the result of the fermentation of cabbage. This is a food very rich in vitamin C and with probiotic action.


Coriander is a well-known herb used especially in the Middle East, Latin America and Thailand. In addition, it provides various properties of the body: a good natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial agent, reduces nausea and menstrual pain, and also helps reduce flatulence.


This is a plant that has been used since ancient times as a spice in the kitchen. It contains many antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and purifying properties, all very useful for the body. Its color is deep yellow and its smell is unmistakable.


This is a plant whose oral consumption can improve thinking and memory.


This is a fragrant plant that is used primarily as a spice due to the sweet taste of its seeds, although it is also used as a decoction. It is also used in alternative medicine because of its diuretic properties and its ability to reduce flatulence and colic. In addition, it promotes digestion and helps stimulate appetite.


It is the fruit of the largest tree in the world. Jackfruit is rich in iron, fiber, calcium and B vitamins. It is currently widely used as a meat substitute in vegan or pegan diets (a diet halfway between vegan and paleo).


This is a dark green leafy cruciferous vegetable, very rich in calcium, antioxidants, carotenoids and other phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are organic components present in plants that provide them with a series of protective properties and benefits to maintain and ensure their vitality.


It is a fermented preparation of Korean origin, made from vegetables seasoned with spices and whose most common recipe uses Chinese cabbage as the main ingredient.


This is a non-alcoholic fermented beverage based on tea or sugar infusion. Fermentation is achieved through a culture of bacteria and yeast. This turns tea or infusion into a beverage with a wide range of vitamins, enzymes, minerals and essential organic acids.


Maca is a tuber of the Andes with many properties: increases fertility, stimulates libido, reduces stress and fatigue, among others.

Matcha tea:

The word “matcha” means “powdered tea” and as such this drink comes directly from ground green tea leaves. Matcha powder is added to hot water so that it retains its properties much better. Here are some of them: it stimulates the mind and relaxes the body, helps keep arteries healthy and controls hypertension, strengthens the immune system, helps prevent signs of Alzheimer’s disease and helps burn fat, among others.


They are microorganisms that cause health benefits when consumed. They are found naturally in the body, but can also be present in some foods such as yogurt or kefir.


This variety of seeds is considered one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. They are very rich in Omega3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. In addition, recent studies have found evidence that they help reduce diabetes and heart disease.


This is Icelandic yogurt, which is characterized by much less fat than Greek and other conventional yogurts. It is very rich in calcium and, if taken with sugar, its taste is not as bitter as that of other products in its category.


This is a method of cooking meat, invented in Japan, in which food is baked in an oven, but previously marinated in a mixture of sauces and liquids originating from this Asian country.


Wagyu beef is derived from a breed of cattle originating in Japan, which is said to live in the greatest comfort. Wagyu meat stands out mainly for its honey texture, a large amount of fat infiltrated into the muscle, which is responsible for its taste and aroma, which leaves no one indifferent. It is also very healthy and rich in omega-3 and omega-6, as its marble contains almost all unsaturated fats (“good”) and therefore very little saturated fat.

This story was originally published on April 7, 2022, 8:13 p.m.

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