Middle Eastern food has gained popularity in the U.S. in recent years, partly due to the well-recognized health benefits of many of the ingredients and dishes. Recipes from the Middle East typically include significant amounts of olive oil, fish, whole grains, beans, chickpeas, lentils, and vegetables. Red meat, dairy products, and sugary foods are used sparingly.
How Does Middle Eastern Food Affect the Body?
Eating a diet low in red meats and dairy products will reduce your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol, which can lessen your risk of heart disease or stroke. The abundance of fish in a Middle Eastern diet also provides omega-3 fatty acids, which is an important nutrient for hearth health.
The heart isn’t the only part of the body that benefits from eating Middle Eastern food. Many traditional favorites, like hummus, provide healthy advantages that extend beyond cardiovascular benefits. Tahini, an ingredient in hummus, is made of sesame seeds, which have beneficial fibers to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as increase your vitamin E intake. Tahini is also a rich source of calcium, iron and vitamin B1, and it is known to promote liver health. When combined with other ingredients like chickpeas, garlic, and olive oil, tahini is one of the reasons the popular hummus dip is high in healthy fats but low in calories.
Peruse the menu at most Middle Eastern restaurants, and you will find a wide array of dishes that are vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free. The anti-inflammatory ingredients in many of these recipes like nuts, seeds, and legumes, can reduce joint pain and are widely believed to boost brain health.
For your next meal out in New York, NY, be sure to stop by Kubeh and experience a diverse menu of healthy, mouth-watering dishes from the Middle East. With a menu inspired by Chef Shurka’s Israeli-Iranian family and the women of Syria, Kurdistan, and Iraq, you’re sure to discover some new savory favorites in Middle Eastern food. Bring your friends and enjoy a special meal in relaxed surroundings. Call 646-448-6688 for more information, or visit their website to see the full menu.