Saturday, March 4, 2017

Politiki Salad (Cabbage salad with origins from Constantinople)

The basic vegetables for this salad are: cabbage, carrots and celery.

The secrets of each one of these vegetables-cabbage, carrots and celery-and their powerful combination in politiki salad.

- Cabbage has so many fantastic properties (which are not so well-known) something which surely does give us the chance to appreciate so much its nutritional value. However, we can enjoy all these fantastic benefits mainly if we eat it raw. Therefore you’d better eat it raw in a salad.

- Just because cabbage causes abdominal bloating, some people think that it may cause fluid retention and so they avoid eating it. But in fact this is a mistake. Cabbage has the following strange property: the first two days it may cause bloating but then it helps our system to discharge all excess water and purify our body.

- Whether you cook your carrots, how you cook them, how long you cook them and what foods you eat with them will all affect your overall glycemic index. Boiled carrots though, are considered to be "dead" food stripped of their healthy ingredients that raise blood sugar. As a result many diabetics have been trained to fully deprive themselves from this nutritional treasure, something totally unfair and wrong because carrots combined with cabbage not only they do not raise blood sugar, but on the contrary they regulate it! And what’s more, these two vegetables together soothe your liver. So politiki salad is considered to be some kind of medicine for diabetics.

- Carrots’ valuable ingredients are not altered when boiling them, as long as we don’t over boil them and make them very soft, that is soggy.

- You can combine your salad with grains of chilli pepper -if you do not have hypertension- so as to burn fat. The link between hot peppers, or their active component capsaicin, and weight loss is not new. It’s been well recognized for some time that eating peppers or adding capsaicin to your diet could help you lose weight by boosting thermogenesis, or the rate at which your body burns fat. You can also add turmeric (with its well known anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antidiabetic activity) or curry (because it contains curcumin), black pepper powder or black pepper granule (which activates the function of pancreas) or even add spices and flavors of your choice to boost the taste and the healing power of politiki salad.

What are the Nutrients and health benefits of cabbage.

Cabbage contains sulforaphane, a phytochemical substance for which studies show that it protects the body from free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for cancer. Other substances found abundantly in cabbage are indoles. Indoles help and 'participate' in various metabolic processes and in this way help prevent chronic diseases.

Cabbage is also an excellent source of vitamins like C and K. The latter is essential for blood clotting while in cabbage we will find ample fiber and vitamin B6. It also contains folic acid -which contributes to the smooth functioning of the nervous system- manganese and omega-3 fatty acids with attributes such as the proper functioning of the heart and anti-hypertensive.

What are the Nutrients and health benefits of carrots.

It is considered to be a wonderfully energizing “treatment” for those who feel weak and infirm, suffering from stress and recovering from illness. It protects the arteries and strengthens the immune system. It also fights infections. The regular consumption of a carrot a day significantly reduces the risk of stroke in women and most importantly, according to estimates, it reduces in half the lung cancer probabilities, even for persistent smokers. Many scientific investigations have shown that carrots stop the growth of cancerous tumors. It shows specific potency and effectiveness in fighting cancers of the lungs and pancreas that are caused by smoking. It significantly reduces the chances of eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. It gives nice, clean and glowing skin while fighting acne. It has also photoprotective effects. It reduces blood cholesterol. It controls the functionality of the intestines and fights constipation and diarrhea. It relieves fluid retention and when combined with cabbage it helps getting thinner. It enhances the health of those suffering from arthritis and gouty arthritis. It protects and strengthens the heart and circulatory system.

What are the Nutrients and health benefits of celery.

Celery combats urolithiasis (kidney stone disease), helps relieve inflammatory diseases of the bladder as well as the urinary tract infections. It Improves the activity of the liver and kidneys, and it enhances sexual function. A little celery increases energy, improves appetite and helps a lot with its diuretic and laxative effects. The therapeutic properties of celery, assist in healing wounds, and contribute to slimming. It also prevents atherosclerosis and normalizes metabolism.

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