Saturday 21 September, 2019

Botanical Roots: Why you should eat callaloo

Most Caribbean people know callaloo - a very easy to grow, hardy plant that is traditionally used as a breakfast dish in islands such as Jamaica.

This plant is a great source of iron, but it has many more health benefits. And even though many young children have a hard time accepting the flavour, many appreciate its value as they get older.

Callaloo is full of a variety of proteins which makes it great for building muscle.

The fibre in the plant helps to prevent constipation and create a good environment for the healthy growth of your immune system. It is also a great agent for weight loss.

The hardy plant is also chock full of antioxidants which repair and prevent DNA damage and also helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.

However, the plant must be cooked as studies have shown it has some dangerous toxins that may be harmful if it is not cooked to remove them.

Callaloo is one of the cheaper but healthier foods to consume. Sometimes it is cook with saltfish but vegetarians are known to leave the codfish and mix in other vegetables to enhance the flavour.

However you choose to consume it, callaloo, is good for you.

 

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