This dish is a hive of superfoods which help the body to keep in optimum health.
Peppers are a rich source of vitamin C, E and B6 and again have anti-cancer properties.
Tomatoes contain vitamins C and E, anticancer properties and may ease symptoms of asthma. Adding fat (as in olive or vegetable oil) boosts the absorption of the valuable antioxidant lycopene and vitamins further.
Kidney beans (like all pulses) offer energy giving carbohydrates, protein, soluble fibre, vitamin B1, folate, phosphorous, potassium and iron. Kidney beans also contain a mineral (molybdenum) which destroys sulphites. Sulphites are used as a preservative in many foods and many individuals, especially asthmatics are sensitive to them.
Eggs are an excellent all round food offering protein and amino acids needed by the body for it to repair itself. They contain many nutrients including vitamin A to benefit eye health, vitamin B12 (fighting depression and tiredness), vitamins D and K (keeping bones strong), iron, zinc, omega 3’s and choline (a nutrient needed for the development of memory and learning in the brain). Studies show that egg consumption can help to prevent chronic age related conditions like heart disease, eye degeneration, memory loss and loss of muscle mass. There is no limit on how many eggs we should eat; multiple studies and research has shown that the saturated fats have no effect on blood cholesterol.
Chilli is another native and traditional ingredient and have high levels of antioxidants, help lower bad LDL cholesterol, may help to relieve pain and joint problems and rich in vitamin C.
Fact: This dish is a well known Mexican hangover cure too due to the combination of eggs, tomatoes and spices which is just the thing to kick you back to the land of living. Eggs contain large amounts of a substance called cysteine; an amino acid that breaks down the toxin acetaldehyde in the liver which causes the well known hangover symptoms. Cumin aids the digestion so can help quell an queasy stomach whilst chillies contain a compound called capsaicin which is known to relieve pain and inflammation.
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