8 sources of healthy food in Tenerife
The island of Tenerife not only enjoys an impressive climate throughout the year, but also has a large industry based on agriculture, livestock and fishing, providing us with fresh food that can help us to prevent and improve different pathologies of our body.
In TFE.es you will discover which are the best to have good health, to follow a certain diet or to get more energy, either with the aim of performing at your best in your day-to-day or playing sports, in addition to preventing the appearance of possible health problems or that they become more serious.
- Plátano de Canarias (Canarian banana)
Bananas, in addition to being the star product in the entire Canary archipelago for their quality and diffusion, are rich in vitamins B6 and C, folic acid and minerals such as magnesium and potassium. They are also rich in starch like potatoes, cereals or nuts, providing energy and a slow digestion, excellent to consume in the morning or between meals and to have the necessary strength for the whole day, being the healthiest alternative to refined sugars or animal fats.
- Tomate canario (Canaran tomato)
The second most important crop in the islands is undoubtedly one of the fundamental ingredients in our cuisine and offers us important benefits and properties, mainly minerals, vitamins B, C, A, and water (approximately 94%). It also has antioxidant properties and protects us from many heart problems. With low calories and low fat, canarian tomatoes are perfect for those diets in which we want to lose weight.
The Atlantic Ocean offers us a great variety of fish, that is essential for a balanced and complete diet due to its excellent quality proteins. Its consumption can contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It is also a low calorie food and a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, essential during pregnancy, lactation and childhood.
As in the rest of Spain, in the Canary Islands there is an important production of wine and therefore there are large vineyards. Grapes have numerous properties: They are rich in vitamin C and B, in addition to vitamins A, K, D and E, proteins, fructose, potassium, etc. They are made up of 80% water and fiber and are a rich source of carbohydrates, ideal for athletes. They are also a source of iron and phosphorous.
The wine in the Canary Islands has more than 10 designations of origin and its properties are amazing. According to a study carried out at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wine is an ally against fat, it fights oral bacteria, improves cognitive function, releases endorphins and therefore we are happier. It also reduces the negative consequences of sedentary life, in addition to reducing the risk of cancer.
Potatoes in the Canary Islands are of great importance at the local and regional consumption level, in addition to very characteristic varieties that are in high demand in the rest of Spain, such as the papa negra (black potato), also known as «yema de huevo (egg yolk)» for its texture and special flavor. Potatoes have low calories and are full of nutrients with complex carbohydrates, ideal for losing weight and reducing “binge eating.”
- Tropical fruits
The subtropical climate of the Canary Islands allows to obtain from its land some exotic fruits such as avocado, pineapple, mango and other greenhouse crops. The avocado is rich in Omega-3, vitamins E, A, C, D, K, B and magnesium, among others. Pineapple is a great source of minerals and slow-absorbing carbohydrates. Mango is rich in sugars, fiber, vitamin C, and beta-carotenes. It is also a great antioxidant.
Where cereals were planted before – practically disappeared today – now we can find olive trees in the middle and high areas of Tenerife and other islands. In addition to being an ideal food to calm the appetite between meals, they are very beneficial for the body consumed in moderation thanks to their high amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils, vitamins A and C, fiber and thiamine, necessary for correct functioning of the nervous system.