Salsa is an everyday vegetable favorite. It’s low in calorie, high in fiber and nutrients, and easy on the G.I. tract with no preservatives or complexities to bog you down.
Basic salsa is rich in lycopene as its primary ingredient is tomatoes. Lycopenes are carotenoids that are good for the heart. They may also have a direct role in preventing cancer, particularly prostate cancer. Lycopenes are found in both raw and cooked tomatoes, though cooked or heated tomatoes make the nutrient easier to absorb.
Whether you like them mild, medium, or super hot, adding some chili peppers to your salsa brings a world of health goodness.
Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is known to be anti-cancer, anti-ulcer, and anti-bacterial. Peppers are also known to stimulate the blood flow to the stomach lining and increase mucous content, aiding in the digestive process.
The main benefit of chilies are its anti-inflammatory properties. Chili peppers can be beneficial for those with rheumatoid arthritis. Moderation is always key with chili peppers, as it’s best to have just enough of a good thing!
Salsa is great for those watching their calories. Throw some atop your salad, burger or omelets to liven up the flavor and keep the calorie count low.
You can also substitute salsa for ketchup and therefor avoid the extra sugar. Salsa has no added sugar, keeping it fresh, light, and delightful.
Also, the active ingredient in peppers, capsaicin, has also been shown to decrease appetite and increase calorie burn. Salsa is a simply superb addition for dieters.
Vitamin and Mineral Powerhouse:
Salsa has loads of vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. It also brings iron, magnesium, and potassium to the table. The last two are vital to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Salsa is by far one of the healthiest condiments around. Make yours fresh with juicing pulp and get the benefits of concentrated fiber and nutrients all in one shot!
- 2 cups tomato pulp
- ¼ cup onion pulp
- 1 tsp cilantro, chopped (or pulp)
- 1-2 jalapeño or other chili pepper, chopped (or pulp)
Mix well. Serve with baked tortilla chips, sliced veggies, or over any dish as a sauce or condiment.