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Superfoods at Mao

January 10, 2019

With​ ​a​ ​new​ ​’it’​ ​food​ ​jumping​ ​on​ ​the​ ​scene​ ​every​ ​few​ ​months,​ ​we’ve​ ​seen​ ​many​ ​nutritional​ ​fads​ ​come​ ​and go​ ​over​ ​the​ ​last​ ​few​ ​years.

Luckily,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​a​ ​solid​ ​few​ ​that​ ​have​ ​stood​ ​the​ ​test​ ​of​ ​time​ ​and​ ​managed​ ​to​ ​stick​ ​around.​ ​In celebration,​ ​we​ ​thought​ ​we’d​ ​share​ ​the​ ​inside​ ​scoop​ ​on​ ​what​ ​makes​ ​these​ ​powerhouse​ ​ingredients​ ​so popular​ ​and​ ​why​ ​they​ ​feature​ ​in​ ​so​ ​many​ ​of​ ​our​ ​Mao​ ​classics!


Sweet​ ​Potatoes

To​ ​kick​ ​things​ ​off,​ ​let’s​ ​start​ ​with​ ​none​ ​other​ ​than​ ​the​ ​trend​ ​that​ ​has​ ​taken​ ​over​ ​many​ ​Irish​ ​dinner​ ​tables these​ ​last​ ​few​ ​years..​ .sweet​ ​potatoes!​ ​The​ ​orange​ ​goddess​ ​of​ ​vitamin​ ​A,​ ​just​ ​one​ ​sweet​ ​potato​ ​holds​ ​as much​ ​as​ ​438%​ ​of​ ​your​ ​daily​ ​value​ ​of​ ​vitamin​ ​A!

Not​ ​sold​ ​yet?​ ​Check​ ​out​ ​some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​whopping​ ​health​ ​benefits​ ​home​ ​to​ ​the​ ​sweet​ ​potato:

Immune Boosting

With​ ​so​ ​many​ ​functions​ ​of​ ​the​ ​immune​ ​system​ ​relying​ ​on​ ​vitamin​ ​A,​ ​it’s​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​see​ ​why​ ​sweet​ ​potatoes are​ ​a​ ​fantastic​ ​immunity​ ​booster.​ ​Regulating​ ​immune​ ​responses,​ ​vitamin​ ​A​ ​is​ ​paramount​ ​in​ ​fighting everything​ ​from​ ​common​ ​colds​ ​and​ ​flues​ ​to​ ​autoimmune​ ​diseases​ ​and​ ​illnesses​ ​like​ ​cancer. Simultaneously,​ ​the​ ​vegetable​ ​is​ ​packed​ ​full​ ​of​ ​other​ ​health​ ​boosting​ ​nutrients​ ​like​ ​vitamin​ ​C, manganese,​ ​copper,​ ​pantothenic​ ​acid,​ ​iron​ ​and​ ​vitamin​ ​B6​ ​and​ ​it​ ​doesn’t​ ​stop​ ​there!​ ​Also​ ​a​ ​homeowner to​ ​potassium,​ ​dietary​ ​fiber​ ​and​ ​niacin,​ ​we​ ​think​ ​it’s​ ​pretty​ ​safe​ ​to​ ​say​ ​the​ ​sweet​ ​potato​ ​has​ ​rightfully earned​ ​it’s​ ​place​ ​at​ ​the​ ​top​ ​of​ ​our​ ​list!

Guilt​ ​Free​ ​Sweetness!

While​ ​so​ ​many​ ​things​ ​that​ ​taste​ ​sweet​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​cause​ ​blood​ ​sugar​ ​levels​ ​to​ ​spike,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​rest​ ​assured good​ ​ol’​ ​sweet​ ​potatoes​ ​come​ ​in​ ​peace!​ ​While​ ​they​ ​truly​ ​deliver​ ​in​ ​terms​ ​of​ ​sweetness​ ​and​ ​flavour, panic​ ​not​ ​your​ ​blood​ ​sugar​ ​levels​ ​are​ ​in​ ​safe​ ​hands​ ​as​ ​despite​ ​their​ ​natural​ ​sweetness​ ​we​ ​can​ ​promise they​ ​remain​ ​low​ ​in​ ​sugar.

Inflammation​ ​Be​ ​Gone

Whether​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​recurring​ ​throat​ ​infection​ ​or​ ​stubborn​ ​back​ ​pain,​ ​for​ ​many​ ​people,​ ​inflammation​ ​is the​ ​root​ ​of​ ​all​ ​health​ ​problems.​ ​A​ ​pesky​ ​but​ ​often​ ​treatable​ ​discomfort,​ ​inflammation​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​real source​ ​of​ ​pain.​ ​Enter​ ​to​ ​the​ ​rescue,​ ​vitamin​ ​A!

With​ ​antioxidant​ ​properties,​ ​vitamin​ ​A​ ​neutralises​ ​the​ ​body’s​ ​free​ ​radicals​ ​that​ ​would​ ​normally​ ​cause cellular​ ​damage.​ ​This​ ​prevents​ ​cells​ ​from​ ​becoming​ ​inflamed​ ​and​ ​putting​ ​the​ ​body​ ​under​ ​stress.​ ​While there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​vitamin​ ​A​ ​supplements​ ​out​ ​there,​ ​why​ ​not​ ​save​ ​yourself​ ​the​ ​hassle​ ​and​ ​go​ ​the​ ​natural (and​ ​tasty)​ ​route​ ​with​ ​sweet​ ​potatoes?!​ ​Instead​ ​of​ ​wasting​ ​money​ ​on​ ​supplements,​ ​remember​ ​you​ ​can get​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​ ​438%​ ​of​ ​your​ ​recommended​ ​daily​ ​vitamin​ ​A​ ​intake​ ​from​ ​just​ ​one​ ​sweet​ ​potato!​ ​We know​ ​which​ ​tactic​ ​we​ ​prefer!

Saviour​ ​of​ ​Skin​ ​and​ ​Hair

Whether​ ​you​ ​go​ ​full​ ​throttle​ ​and​ ​eat​ ​sweet​ ​potatoes​ ​every​ ​day​ ​or​ ​simply​ ​include​ ​them​ ​in​ ​a​ ​salad​ ​every ow​ ​and​ ​then,​ ​keep​ ​up​ ​your​ ​intake​ ​of​ ​sweet​ ​potatoes​ ​and​ ​watch​ ​your​ ​skin​ ​and​ ​hair​ ​thank​ ​you!​ ​Essential for​ ​healing​ ​wounds​ ​and​ ​for​ ​cell​ ​renewal,​ ​vitamin​ ​A​ ​acts​ ​like​ ​a​ ​support​ ​system​ ​to​ ​skin​ ​cells​ ​and​ ​is​ ​key​ ​in terms​ ​of​ ​extra​ ​defense​ ​and​ ​overall​ ​healing​ ​of​ ​the​ ​skin​ ​barrier.​ ​In​ ​short,​ ​whether​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​dull complexion​ ​or​ ​a​ ​few​ ​pesky​ ​spots,​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​intake​ ​of​ ​vitamin​ ​A​ ​is​ ​crucial!​ ​Helping​ ​the​ ​body​ ​to​ ​produce more​ ​collagen,​ ​vitamin​ ​A​ ​is​ ​also​ ​a​ ​handy​ ​little​ ​number​ ​for​ ​those​ ​of​ ​you​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​laughter​ ​lines​ ​and wrinkles​ ​at​ ​bay!

Protects​ ​Eye​ ​Health

Last​ ​but​ ​by​ ​no​ ​means​ ​least,​ ​beta​ ​carotene​ ​in​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​vitamin​ ​A​ ​is​ ​also​ ​hugely​ ​important​ ​in​ ​the​ ​day​ ​to day​ ​function​ ​of​ ​eyesight.​ ​Along​ ​with​ ​keeping​ ​your​ ​eyes​ ​healthy,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​also​ ​useful​ ​in​ ​ ​preventing​ ​eye defects​ ​such​ ​as​ ​macular​ ​degeneration​ ​and​ ​cataracts.​ ​Instead​ ​of​ ​forking​ ​out​ ​on​ ​health​ ​store​ ​vitamins designed​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​eye​ ​health,​ ​ ​this​ ​tasty​ ​vegetable​ ​is​ ​ready​ ​and​ ​waiting​ ​to​ ​do​ ​just​ ​the​ ​very​ ​job​ ​for​ ​you! In​ ​short,​ ​whether​ ​your​ ​immune​ ​system​ ​is​ ​a​ ​little​ ​lack​ ​lustre​ ​or​ ​your​ ​skin​ ​needs​ ​a​ ​pick​ ​me​ ​up,​ ​there​ ​are more​ ​than​ ​enough​ ​reasons​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​for​ ​the​ ​sweet​ ​potato.​ ​Jam​ ​packed​ ​with​ ​goodness​ ​and​ ​a​ ​zillion​ ​other health​ ​benefits,​ ​it’s​ ​safe​ ​to​ ​say​ ​this​ ​is​ ​one​ ​craze​ ​that​ ​isn’t​ ​going​ ​anywhere!


Coconut​ ​Milk

Unless​ ​you’ve​ ​been​ ​living​ ​under​ ​a​ ​rock,​ ​you’ve​ ​heard​ ​much​ ​ado​ ​about​ ​coconut​ ​milk​ ​for​ ​the​ ​last​ ​two years!​ ​Featuring​ ​in​ ​many​ ​of​ ​our​ ​Mao​ ​curries​ ​from​ ​massaman​ ​to​ ​penang​,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​in​ ​full​ ​agreement​ ​that coconut​ ​milk​ ​has​ ​truly​ ​earned​ ​it’s​ ​place​ ​on​ ​our​ ​list​ ​of​ ​powerhouse​ ​ingredients! Aside​ ​from​ ​making​ ​everything​ ​taste​ ​delicious,​ ​coconut​ ​milk​ ​also​ ​packs​ ​a​ ​hell​ ​of​ ​a​ ​punch​ ​when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to health​ ​boosting​ ​properties​ ​so​ ​everybody​ ​wins!​

​Check​ ​out​ ​the​ ​most​ ​notable​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​this​ ​tasty​ ​little number:

Overall​ ​Health – while​ ​the​ ​coconut​ ​craze​ ​came​ ​out​ ​of​ ​nowhere​ ​and​ ​blind​ ​sided​ ​us​ ​all,​ ​we​ ​can​ ​vouch​ ​for​ ​the​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​it’s not​ ​without​ ​good​ ​reason!​ ​One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​top​ ​nutritional​ ​benefits​ ​home​ ​to​ ​coconut​ ​milk​ ​is​ ​that​ ​it​ ​ ​supports​ ​a healthy​ ​heart.

Lauric Acid- A fantastic​ ​source​ ​of​ ​lauric​ ​acid,​ ​it​ ​contains​ ​healthy​ ​fatty​ ​acids​ ​which​ ​help​ ​improve​ ​good​ ​cholesterol levels.​ ​ ​Simultaneously,​ ​it​ ​provides​ ​antiviral​ ​and​ ​antibacterial​ ​properties​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​giving​ ​a​ ​pesky​ ​head cold​ ​the​ ​old​ ​one-two!

Weight​ ​Loss- Although​ ​coconut​ ​milk​ ​has​ ​a​ ​rich​ ​consistency,​ ​surprisingly​ ​enough​ ​it​ ​is​ ​fantastic​ ​for​ ​weight​ ​loss​ ​and​ ​even is​ ​helpful​ ​for​ ​those​ ​of​ ​you​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​tone​ ​up​ ​and​ ​build​ ​muscle!​ ​After​ ​exercise,​ ​your​ ​body​ ​muscles​ ​are​ ​in serious​ ​need​ ​of​ ​of​ ​nutrients,​ ​namely​ ​those​ ​of​ ​which​ ​are​ ​found​ ​in​ ​coconut​ ​milk.​ ​With​ ​potassium​ ​and magnesium,​ ​coconut​ ​milk​ ​helps​ ​broken​ ​down​ ​muscle​ ​tissue​ ​to​ ​repair​ ​and​ ​also​ ​grow​ ​back​ ​stronger. Amazing,​ ​we​ ​know!​ ​Containing​ ​healthy​ ​fats​ ​and​ ​possessing​ ​a​ ​rich​ ​and​ ​creamy​ ​consistency,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​also​ ​filling which​ ​helps​ ​those​ ​of​ ​us​ ​with​ ​a​ ​niggling​ ​sweet​ ​tooth​ ​or​ ​who​ ​enjoy​ ​snacking​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​day!

Nutritional​ ​Benefits- Thankfully,​ ​coconut​ ​milk​ ​is​ ​as​ ​nutritious​ ​as​ ​it​ ​is​ ​tasty.​ ​Rich​ ​in​ ​fibre,​ ​vitamins​ ​C,​ ​E,​ ​B1,​ ​B3,​ ​B5​ ​and​ ​B6​ ​along with​ ​minerals​ ​such​ ​as​ ​iron,​ ​calcium​ ​and​ ​magnesium,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​lot​ ​for​ ​your​ ​body​ ​to​ ​love​ ​about coconut​ ​milk!​ ​As​ ​an​ ​added​ ​bonus,​ ​those​ ​of​ ​you​ ​with​ ​a​ ​lactose​ ​intolerance​ ​will​ ​be​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​know​ ​that coconut​ ​milk​ ​is​ ​also​ ​completely​ ​free​ ​of​ ​lactose!


Brown​ ​Rice

Last​ ​but​ ​by​ ​no​ ​means​ ​least,​ ​a​ ​food​ ​which​ ​has​ ​skyrocketed​ ​in​ ​popularity​ ​lately​ ​ ​is​ ​none​ ​other​ ​than​ ​brown rice.​ ​A​ ​trend​ ​steadily​ ​on​ ​the​ ​rise,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​in​ ​full​ ​agreement​ ​that​ ​brown​ ​rice​ ​is​ ​fully​ ​deserving​ ​of​ ​its​ ​new popularity​.​ ​While​ ​you​ ​might​ ​be​ ​aware​ ​that​ ​brown​ ​rice​ ​is​ ​a​ ​healthier​ ​takeaway​ ​option,​ ​take​ ​it​ ​from​ ​us,​ ​the list​ ​of​ ​nutritional​ ​benefits​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​it​ ​are​ ​endless!

Anti-Oxidant​ ​Rich

If​ ​you’re​ ​planning​ ​on​ ​starting​ ​a​ ​health​ ​kick​ ​anytime​ ​soon,​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​know​ ​it​ ​doesn’t​ ​have​ ​to​ ​be all​ ​leaves​ ​and​ ​berries!​ ​One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​kept​ ​secrets​ ​about​ ​brown​ ​rice​ ​is​ ​that​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​carbohydrate that​ ​the​ ​body​ ​can​ ​easily​ ​digest​ ​and​ ​even​ ​comes​ ​with​ ​a​ ​string​ ​of​ ​other​ ​health​ ​beneficial​ ​feats!​ ​Although filling,​ ​brown​ ​rice​ ​is​ ​a​ ​fantastic​ ​source​ ​of​ ​fibre​ ​and​ ​can​ ​actually​ ​promote​ ​weight​ ​loss​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​body’s metabolism​ ​in​ ​check.​ ​A​ ​powerful​ ​antioxidant,​ ​brown​ ​rice​ ​also​ ​protects​ ​cells​ ​from​ ​oxidative​ ​damage during​ ​energy​ ​production​ ​and​ ​can​ ​even​ ​help​ ​prevent​ ​against​ ​illness​ ​such​ ​as​ ​coronary​ ​heart​​ ​diseases.

Anti-Depressant

Possibly​ ​the​ ​best​ ​kept​ ​secret​ ​home​ ​to​ ​brown​ ​rice​ ​is​ ​that​ ​germinated​ ​rice​ ​holds​ ​anti-depressant​ ​qualities. Essential​ ​amino​ ​acids​ ​such​ ​as​ ​glycerin,​ ​glutamine,​ ​and​ ​GABA,​ ​brown​ ​rice​ ​helps​ ​reduce​ ​messages​ ​sent​ ​to the​ ​brain​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​depression,​ ​anxiety​ ​and​ ​stress​ ​making​ ​it​ ​a​ ​powerful​ ​food​ ​source​ ​for​ ​boosting mental​ ​health.

Stabilises​ ​Blood​ ​Sugar

Last​ ​but​ ​by​ ​no​ ​means​ ​least,​ ​did​ ​you​ ​know​ ​that​ ​regular​ ​consumption​ ​of​ ​brown​ ​rice​ ​can​ ​actually​ ​help lower​ ​your​ ​risk​ ​of​ ​developing​ ​diabetes?​ ​Just​ ​a​ ​half​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​brown​ ​rice​ ​a​ ​day​ ​can​ ​reduce​ ​your​ ​risk​ ​of developing​ ​diabetes​ ​by​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​60%.​ ​Helping​ ​stabilize​ ​blood​ ​sugar​ ​levels,​ ​it’s​ ​the​ ​perfect alternative​ ​for​ ​diabetics.  So​ ​whether​ ​you’re​ ​a​ ​health​ ​nut​ ​or​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​raging​ ​sweet​ ​tooth​ ​and​ ​a​ ​die​ ​hard​ ​love​ ​for​ ​comfort​ ​food, panic​ ​not,​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​know​ ​you​ ​can​ ​actually​ ​maintain​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​lifestyle​ ​while​ ​still​ ​enjoying​ ​some seriously​ ​great​ ​tastes​ ​and​ ​flavours.​ ​With​ ​a​ ​string​ ​of​ ​benefits​ ​from​ ​your​ ​skin​ ​and​ ​hair​ ​to​ ​your​ ​heart​ ​and even​ ​mental​ ​health,​ ​these​ ​foodie​ ​powerhouses​ ​are​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​see​ ​you​ ​straight.


Trust​ ​us,​ ​your​ ​body​ ​and​ ​your​ ​taste buds​ ​will​ ​thank​ ​you!

Whether​ ​you​ ​make​ ​it​ ​a​ ​priority​ ​to​ ​gorge​ ​on​ ​each​ ​of​ ​these​ ​ingredients​ ​over​ ​the​ ​next​ ​few​ ​months​ ​or​ ​slowly introduce​ ​them​ ​into​ ​your​ ​diet,​ ​integrate​ ​these​ ​gems​ ​into​ ​your​ ​diet​ ​in​ ​some​ ​way​ ​or​ ​form.

Check​ ​out​ ​the​ ​full​ ​version​ ​of​ ​Mao’s​ ​delicious​ ​menu​ ​here​ ​to​ ​see​ ​these​ ​knockout​ ​ingredients​ ​in​ ​action!

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