Top five delicious Christmas foods

Right from gingerbread cookies to turkey, eggnog, Brussels sprouts and rum raisin cake, there are quite a few options to binge on especially during Christmas and here are some benefits for your health! Take a look at some of the festive dishes with some incredible perks.

Rum Raisin Cake. A Christmas without rum raisin cake and signature pies, isn't it quite difficult to imagine. As the name suggests, two important ingredients used to prepare this dessert are raisins and rum. With its medicinal and antimicrobial properties, rum is known to prevent colds, while increasing the mineral density of bones, which can further help in preventing osteoporosis. It can also help reduce the risk of dementia, cancer, and heart attack when consumed in moderation. On the other hand, since raisins are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre, they assist in digestion, make your bones stronger, improve the texture of your skin and hair, boost kidney health, and are an excellent source of iron.

Turkey. This is definitely one of the classic main course dishes eaten during Christmas and thanksgiving. Apart from being a good source of lean protein; turkey is rich in niacin, which reduces your bad cholesterol and increases the good HDL cholesterol. This meat is loaded with zinc, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, and its selenium content boosts the immune system, works as an antioxidant and keeps insulin levels stable. Health-conscious diners can eat skinless white-meat turkey, as it is low in saturated fat and total fat. In fact, it contains less cholesterol than beef or chicken.

Brussels Sprouts. Another famous dish made in many households during Christmas and also thanksgiving, brussels sprouts are green leafy vegetables that belong to the Gemmifera group of cabbages. Coming to the health benefits; its high levels of folic acid, vitamins A and C, and fibre can help ward off stomach and colon cancer, apart from maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, promoting bone growth, and reducing inflammation. It’s also excellent for your eyes and aids in weight loss.

Potatoes. Always a crowd-pleaser at your Christmas brunch or Christmas Eve dinner, potatoes can be roasted with olive oil and garnished with some cheese sprinkled on top. When it comes to the benefits, potatoes are on the list of some of the top foods, since they contain many essential minerals and vitamins. This vegetable is known to neutralise harmful free radicals, as it is loaded with antioxidants. Other benefits include controlling blood sugar, aiding digestion and combating the signs of ageing.

Cranberry Sauce. This simple sauce is a perfect topping for any type of dish. The main ingredient used to make this delicious sour topping is cranberries, which have numerous health benefits. They are often referred to as a ‘superfood’, as they have antioxidant properties and are rich in nutrient content. These essential nutrients have been associated with lowering the risk of urinary tract infections and cancer, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. They’re also good for your teeth as they contain proanthocyanidins. Due to the presence of vitamin E, they are good for people suffering from Alzheimer’s and arthritis. As far as the skin is concerned, cranberries act as an excellent agent for clearing out impurities on your skin. They are also an excellent source of nutrients that help treat hair fall and fight dandruff.

-Akhila Kakarala
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