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Monday, October 08, 2007

Health - The Things You Learn Each Day

Did you know that blue corn tortillas and tacos are much better for you than the regular yellow, or white, tortillas? Science Daily tells us that
scientists in Mexico, home of the taco, found that tortillas made from blue corn had less starch and a lower glycæmic index than their white counter parts. They also found that the blue tortillas had 20% more protein than white. The blue colouring is due to the presence of anthocyanins in the corn.
Anthocyanins are powerful anti-oxidants, and tend to be found in dark-colored foods, like berries of all types, and plums, and red wine. So pour yourself a nice glass of Two-Buck Chuck and enjoy your blue corn chips with a little salsa, or make yourself a nice taco with a healthy helping of shredded romaine lettuce, low-fat cheese, grilled chicken breast, sliced tomato, and fresh salsa cruda.

Don't go overboard, though. Blue corn tortillas are a little higher in fat than the regular variety. Alternatively, get yourself some parched blue corn to snack on.

In other "Damn, I didn't know that!" news, basmati rice has a lower glycemic index than most other types of rice! Yay! I actually mostly use brown basmati these days, just because I like the sweet, nutty flavour of brown rice better, but it's great to know that I needn't fear white basmati either.

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