Lessons learned from Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world's most beautiful countries and there is a lot to learn from it. Apart from the Pura Vida way of living, a lot actually has to do with food!
Diet plays an important role in Ticos' lives. A combination of cooked beans and often squash, eaten with corn tortillas is rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, calcium, and niacin. It naturally helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Although lower in fiber and some nutrients than brown rice, when eaten with beans, white rice doesn't cause sugar levels to rise as quickly as it does when eaten alone.
Tortillas are being eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Ticos often soak the corn in lime and water and then grind it into flour, which releases niacin locked up in the corn, increases the body's absorption of calcium, iron, and minerals, and reduces risk of mold toxins.
Squash, called ayote or calabaza, is related to pumpkin or butternut squash, and is known for providing high levels of useful carotenoids.
Papaya trees grow in big quantities and people eat papayas every day. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and A plus an enzyme called papain which is known to reduce inflammation (very helpful in digestion!).
Yams are anther type of food that Ticos eat a lot. As a rich source of vitamin B6, they shouldn't be avoided.

Costa Ricans eat beans every day, in particular black beans, which contain more antioxidants than any other type of bean. Paired with rice and corn tortillas, they make the perfect food. Bananas in all of their shapes and sizes are a rich source of carbohydrates, potassium and soluble fiber. Don't miss out also on plantains! Boiled, fried, served like a potato, we love them all! 💚

One thing worth adding is the amount of coconut water drank by Ticos. Absolutely delicious and healthy, it should become a part of our daily lives too!

We ❤️ Costa Rica!

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