Lebanese mezza is never complete without the honor of having traditional and tasty tabbouleh included in the mix. Aside from its glorious and colorful presence, tabbouleh brings a number of health benefits to the dinner table.
Parsley & Mint: The best combination
Finely chopping parsley and mint is one of the most tiring chores by far when preparing tabbouleh. However, it is definitely worth the effort when you acknowledge the multitude of health benefits such greens offer you. Parsley helps with digestion, which better prepares the digestive system after a rich and varied meal; it is also an excellent source of vitamin K, which lowers the risk of bone fractures while improving the body’s absorption of calcium. Mint also helps to boost parsley’s ability to promote better digestion, while having the highest antioxidant capacity.
Tomatoes: A dieter’s best friend
In addition to its ability to fight infections, and given its high content of vitamin C, tomatoes are a dieter’s best friend; they are practically calorie free and are very good sources of fiber. Further to all that, they also help to decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Research indicates that tomatoes can improve dilation of blood vessels and control blood glucose levels too, thanks to their richness in alpha-lipoic acid. To top it all off, they can fight infections due to their lycopene content as well.
Olive Oil: Benefits in every drizzle
Olive oil has acquired the reputation for improving cardiovascular health, preventing stroke, lowering bad blood cholesterol levels (LDL), and increasing good ones (HDL). So to drizzle or not to drizzle is definitely out of question; however, do so moderately, as every tablespoon has around 120 calories.
Bulgur: The almighty grain
Bulgur can help promote better digestion due to its high fiber content… and can make you feel full for a longer time. Additionally, it helps alleviate chronic inflammation that has been linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, and type 2 diabetes. Finally, bring in all the healthy accessories like cabbage and lettuce leaves to boost your fiber intake and squeeze on some lemon juice for a thank you message from your immune system!