Ceviche doesn’t just taste good, it looks good, and is super good for you. Whether you are on the latest diet craze or just incorporating new foods into a healthy lifestyle, ceviche is an inherently healthful dish prepared without the inclusion of processed foods. Supported by health and nutrition experts, ceviche’s citrus spiciness lies a range of weight-control and anti-heart disease properties, including antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6, vitamins, and collagen. If you are looking for more ways to incorporate new foods into your healthily lifestyle, eat ceviche! Let’s take a deeper dive into what’s in ceviche to explore the health benefits.
What is in ceviche? Ceviche includes raw, uncooked fish as a base element, a great source of protein and poly-unsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6). It has a minimal glycemic load (suitable for a diabetic diet), and even though some fishes have high omega-3 levels like mackerel, salmon, Peruvian anchovy, or tuna, they are proven to help lower cholesterol levels, control blood pressure, and improve overall heart function. Raw fish is also rich in minerals like zinc, selenium, phosphorus, iodine, potassium, and vitamins A, D, E and K.
But fish isn’t the only nutrient-rich ingredient in ceviche. Typical marinades and tossed-in ingredients include fresh limes, avocado, ginger, aji pepper, garlic, clove, chili, corn, onions, and sweet or blue potatoes. Limes —which add the sour element, are high in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant with an essential role in producing more collagen for healthier skin and tissue healing. Garlic, pepper, and onions are natural antibiotics with antiseptic properties that clean and protect airways, as well as alleviate common cold symptoms. Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, manganese, and beta-carotene – for a good vision. Corn and ginger are both good for digestion and weight control.
It should be noted that raw fish can carry certain bacteria’s, therefore experts warns people who have a compromised immune system, are pregnant, or allergic to fish to refrain from eating ceviche.