Superfoods in Asian Food
Superfoods are foods packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, thus very good your health. They can also be a source of antioxidants, helping to ward off and prevent diseases. There tend to be a great deal of superfoods in Asian food, and the East Asian diet has always been healthy. Food and healing have come together for centuries in Asia, the traditional Asian kitchen is full of superfoods with high nutritional value.
Here are 6 nutrition-packed superfoods in Asian food that you can find on our menu at Tootoomoo:
- Salmon: A great source of protein
and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins such as vitamin D. The fatty acids in oily fish like salmon contribute to healthy brain and heart function and are an essential part of our diet. Salmon is also a great source of tryptophan, a natural sedative, so in some ways salmon helps you sleep!
Where to find at Tootoomoo: Grilled Salmon Miso, Yuzu Sake Maki
Low in fat and calories, but packed with protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Edamame have a multitude of health benefits as they help to improve immune system, digestive system, lung function, help maintain healthy skin, while lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and tumour growth.
Where to find at Tootoomoo: Edamame, Miso Soup
- Miso: An ancient Japanese seasoning, made fermenting soybeans in salt and fungus. As a result, it is high
in probiotics, and restores good probiotics to the intestines. It aids digestion, making it easier for the body to digest food. Miso is also high in anti-oxidants, protecting from potentially harmful free radicals. It also strengthens the immune system with its anti-viral properties, helps lower cholesterol, and strengthens blood quality and lymphatic fluid. This means that the body can transport nutrients and waste more efficiently. It is a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids, and is a good source of B vitamins – especially B12, thus reducing the risk of some cancers.
Where to find at Tootoomoo: Miso Soup
- Shiitake mushrooms:
Loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially iron, zinc and Copper. Have been used medicinally in China for ages. They contain D-Eritadenine (DEA), which promotes cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol. They support the immune system, and are believed to have some antioxidant properties, preventing some kinds of cancers.
Where to find at Tootoomoo: Shaking Beef Sirloin, Steamed Seabass Fillet, Miso Soup
- Seaweed: Are a great source of vitamins – it contains more vitamin C than oranges- and minerals – especially iodine which is not found in many foods, and maintains a healthy thyroid. It is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart, and regulates and purifies the blood. Seaweed is a natural detoxifier, containing anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties.
Where to find at Tootoomoo: BBQ Pork Miso, Sushi
- Ginger: Loaded with minerals, ginger has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. When it comes to superfoods in Asian food, Ginger
has long been used to relieve nausea, sooth the intestinal tract and aid digestion difficulties, such as gastrointestinal distress and indigestion. It contains gingerols, powerful anti-inflammatory compounds; boosts the immune system against colds and flus; and is said to help fight against the risk of some cancers.
Where to find at Tootoomoo: Sushi, Szechuan Chilli Chicken, Grilled Salmon Miso