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tabboulehHealth and Nutrition Benefits

of the National Salad of Lebanon

 

Tabbouleh

 

 


Tabbouleh is a vegan raw dish. Here are the health benefits of each of the ingredients:

1. Bulgur (or Burghul)

Bulgur is high in fiber and protein, low in fat, has a low glycemic index, and contains potassium and iron.

2. Onions

Onions contain anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties. They can prevent cardiovascular disease. Onions also protect against stomach and other forms of cancer, and certain infections. Onions can improve lung function, which can help symptoms of asthma.

3. Parsley

Parsley contains more vitamin C than most vegetables and approximately three times as much as oranges. It has twice as much iron as spinach, and is a good source of manganese, calcium, and potassium. It also contains flavonoids that act as antioxidants. Parsley is high in vitamin A. When eaten raw, it can cleanse the blood and can assist with removing some kidney and gallstones. It can be used to treat ear infections and bruises, as well.

4. Green Mint

This herb can treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, and fever. It also aids in stomach and bowel spasms and pain, and helps in clearing the respiratory tract. Mint helps teeth and gums by reducing germs. Mint oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients, including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate,

potassium, and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

5. Tomatoes

These widely consumed fruits are a good source of vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. They are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. The lycopene found in tomatoes makes skin less sensitive to UV light damage and has been shown to improve bone mass, which can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Lycopene can reduce the risk of several cancers, including prostate, cervical, mouth, pharynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, prostate, and ovarian cancer.

6. Lemon juice

Lemon juice contains important nutrients like vitamins B and C, proteins, carbohydrates, and phosphorous. The flavonoid in lemon juice contains antioxidants, which fight off infections and high fevers. Lemons also have been known to relieve asthma symptoms, sore throats, and tonsillitis. They cleanse the liver and assist in food digestion.

7. Olive oil 

Olive oil may lower your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. It can also help normalize blood clotting. Some research shows that olive oil may also benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control.