My Grandmother’s sisters’ cousin told me I shouldn’t be eating nuts if I wanted to keep my figure. So did my sister’s friend, she said eating mangoes would make me fat.
We are a country that just loves to spread around the good old tales and tattles. Especially when it comes to food, we love our food and somehow when it comes to advice, I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t secretly think they‘re an expert dietitian – even though they studied business.
In an effort to bust some myths embedded in our Egyptian minds; here are some country favorite foods that you probably thought were fattening, but actually aren’t.
Tahini and molasses
Notice how we wrote above tahini and molasses and not the other way around? We are used to eating a whole lot of 3assal and just a tiny bit of tahini and thats why its fattening. Tahini is rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron; it is a great source for calcium and vitamins. Tahini is also relatively high in protein; it has around 20 perfect complete proteins and contains the good kind of fat. Mix it up with a teaspoon spoon of molasses and you’ve got yourself a nice treat!
“Potato is a carb, run away from carbs”
Truth is, without carbs our body would literally shut down. The human body turns carbs into energy, which makes us move and jump around all day. You need carbs to survive; luckily, sweet potatoes offer you the right kind of carbs your body needs. Sweet Potato is rich in nutrients as well as fiber and potassium. Next time you see the batata cart in the street, feel free to grab one and snack on it!
Dates are a very versatile food, they are a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Dates also contain essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. While dates may have many benefits, the recommended daily intake is 3-5, as with everything else you can have too much of a good thing.
One of the biggest misconceptions we’re accustomed to is that eating fat is bad for you. The truth of the matter is, fat is good. You need to eat fat if you want to lose fat. Nuts have been part of the human diet for a very long time. A handful a day is enough to give you all the benefits each nut has to offer without consuming too much fat. Each nut has it’s own nutritional value, but as a whole they all contain fiber and the good kind of fat.
The health benefits of figs come from the presence of minerals, vitamins and fibers in the fruit. Figs contain a lot of nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium and iron. The fibers contained in figs can actually aid in weight loss, but be careful not to overdo it, a few figs are enough to ingest the nutrients provided by figs.
Mangoes are an essential part of every summer. Summers in Egypt are not complete without a huge plate of mangoes by the sea. Mangoes are a great source of dietary fiber, minerals and vitamin B6, which is responsible for maintaining and improving the brain’s function. They play a role in relieving indigestion due to their high fiber content and digestive enzymes. There is no harm in having a mango; we all know the saying “a mango a day, keeps the winter away” right?