Rice noodles are a good low-fat carbohydrate choice, as a 2-ounce serving contains only 0.3 grams of fat! They are also naturally gluten free.
Prawn and shrimp, although two different families are virtually identical in terms of taste and nutritional profile. They are a low-fat source of protein (although they do have high sodium and cholesterol content). They are also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation and risk of heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
Garlic was often prescribed by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, to treat a number of medical conditions. It has very few calories, is very nutritious and can combat sickness such as the common cold. Garlic can also reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol, lower the risk of heart disease and improve bone health. It also contains antioxidants, which may prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Onions have a unique combination of flavonoids (nutrients known for their anti-oxident and health benefits) and sulphur-containing nutrients, which can help increase bone density. They have also been shown to reduce the risk of several forms of cancer, have anti-inflammatory properties and provide cardiovascular benefits.
Ginger contains chemicals that may reduce nausea and inflammation. While researchers believe these chemicals work primarily in the stomach and intestine, they may also work in the brain and nervous system. Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of stomach problems including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, irritable bowl syndrome, nausea and diarrhoea. It is also used as pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual pain, back/stomach pain, migraines and osteoarthritis.
Peppers are low in calories and loaded with good nutrition. All varieties are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid and fibre. Red peppers contain more than 200% of the recommended daily vitamin C intake and are packed with antioxidants. Sweet red peppers burn more calories than red bell peppers. Yellow peppers each contain around 1.65 milligrams of niacin, which keeps skin healthy, and green peppers contain double the vitamin C content of oranges.
Eggs are a very good source of high-quality protein. More than half of the protein of an egg is found in the egg white, which is also a rich source of vitamin D, B6 and B2, as well as zinc, iron and copper. Free-range eggs have been found to have higher A and E vitamin content and double the amount of omega-3 fatty acid than battery eggs. They are also lower in saturated fats and have less cholesterol.
Soy sauce is low in calories and is a good source of vitamin B3, iron, phosphorous and manganese. Recent studies have suggested that it may be able to provide some digestive tract benefits Soy sauce is also, however, high in sodium and it is recommended that daily sodium intake is limited.
Sesame oil has been used in a number of ways including treating burns, preventing skin-related disorders and to promote oral health. This oil has also been shown to combat diabetes, reduce blood pressure and promote heart health.
Olive oil is known for its numerous health benefits. It is rich in mono-saturated fats and helps to lower the risk of heart disease. It contains the phytonutrient oleocanthal, which reduces inflamation and can reduce the risk of breast cancer and its reoccurrence.