We know that our food tastes great, we eat it everyday.  We also want to serve food that makes you FEEL great.  Do you ever get that thing where you have gone out for something to eat, it tastes delicious, but afterwards you don’t feel so good?  We make everything ourselves, so we know that it is ‘clean’ with no hidden additives.  Kurt loves our food and keeps telling us that it really is doing us all good too .  Here is the first of our Food that makes you feel great series, Kurt has told us all about how fantastic coriander is for us, so go on, ask for salsa verde on your burrito!

Coriander

   Vitamins – Vitamin K (310µg) 388%*, Vitamin A (377µg) 46%*, Vitamin C (27mg) 33%*, Folate (62µg) 16%*

   Minerals – Manganese (0.426mg) 21%*, Potassium (521mg) 13%*, Iron (1.77mg) 14%*, Calcium (67mg) 7%*

(Percentages are Recommended Daily Amounts (RDA) per 100g. Figures provided by USDA database)

 

Health benefits

Skin Disorders – Can help prevent skin disorders such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections due to its antiseptic and antioxidant properties.

Lower cholesterol levels – Acids such as linoleic acid, oleic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid are present in coriander and are effective at reducing levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing the levels of healthy cholesterol (HDL). This works as a preventative measure against cardiovascular disease.

Blood pressure:  Studies have shown to positively reduce blood pressure in many patients suffering from hypertension. The interaction of Calcium ions and acetylcholine relaxes blood vessel tension, thereby reducing the chances of a number of cardiovascular conditions, including heart attacks and strokes.

Anti-allergic properties: Multiple studies have shown coriander to have strong anti-histamine properties that can reduce the uncomfortable effects of seasonal allergies and hay fever (rhinitis). Coriander oil can also be used to reduce allergic reactions caused by contact with plants, insects, food, and other substances.

Eye care: Coriander is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin-A, vitamin-C and minerals like phosphorous in its essential oils which prevents vision disorders. There is also beta-carotene in the leaves, which prevent a number of other diseases that affect the eye, and can even reverse the effects of vision degradation in aging patients. 

Blood sugar and diabetes: Due the stimulating effect of coriander on the endocrine glands, the secretion of insulin is increased from pancreas which subsequently increases the levels of insulin in the blood. This regulates the proper assimilation and absorption of sugar and the resulting drops in the sugar level in the blood. This property is extremely beneficial for patients who suffer from diabetes and other related conditions, in order to lower their chances of dangerous spikes and drops in their blood sugar levels, and to ensure other normal metabolic functions.

Digestion: Due to the rich aroma from its essential oils, coriander helps in the proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in the stomach, thereby stimulating digestion. It is also helpful in treating eating disorders like anorexia. Besides the pleasant aroma of coriander, it has certain stimulatory qualities, derived from the minerals and neurotransmitters that are stimulated when coriander is ingested. Studies have shown that dyspepsia (indigestion) is reduced if coriander is regularly added to the diet.

 

Where can you find coriander at The Street Food Chef?

– Salsa Verde, full of coriander, as well as lime, onion, green chillis and jalapenos.  This salsa goes particularly well with pork, beef and chicken mole.  Really fresh and zingy.

– Pico de Gallo, our staple mild salsa, tomatos, onion, coriander and lime juice.

– Guacamole, avocados, tomato, onion, lime juice and coriander

– Bean chilli, not just for the vegetarians, a great tasting and mild bean chilli.

And of course, you can ask for it added to any of your meals!