Beans are a staple of Mexican food. Mexican food uses many types of beans, including black and pinto, and each of them supply a healthy amount of fibre. Many people do not get enough fibre in their diets, which can lead to constipation and digestive problems. Whole beans are more nutritious and higher in fibre than refried beans, so opt for burritos or tacos made with steamed beans instead of the fried. A 1/2-cup of beans in your Mexican dinner will supply up to 7 grams of fibre, as well as a healthy amount of protein.
Vitamins and Minerals
Tomatoes, lettuce and salsa supply essential nutrients. Add them to burritos or tacos as a side to increase the nutritional content of your Mexican dinner. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, which can help fight infection and boost your immunity. Onions are also a healthy source of vitamin C. Lettuce supplies some fibre as well. Avocado is another common addition to Mexican dishes and is another way to boost the nutrition of your meal as it contains heart-healthy unsaturated fats, fibre and potassium.
Spicy peppers, such as jalapeños, are another common ingredient in the salsa, chilli and sauces used to create Mexican dishes. Capsaicin may be beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. This compound can also improve circulation and relieve the congestion associated with the common cold and with allergies. Add salsa or chilli to your next Mexican meal and you will be doing something beneficial for your health.
Many favourite Mexican dishes, such as tacos and flautas may include meat, such as beef, pork, chicken etc. Including lean sources of these meats in your Mexican meal can increase your intake of protein, which you need for energy and to keep your muscles and tissues healthy. A lean beef taco or chicken burritos are common ways to add protein to Mexican dishes. Cheeses is an additional source of protein that also supplies calcium, but go easy on it because it also increases the saturated fat and sodium content of your meal.