Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Health benefits of tomatoes include treating urinary tract infections, skin ailments and diabetes, lowering hypertension, and they are also good for gut health and eyesight. Tomato is considered both a vegetable and fruit and forms an integral part of cuisine round the globe. It boosts the health of a person if consumed daily. It contains numerous antioxidants which combat various types of cancer. Also tomato is rich in minerals and vitamins and also protects the heart from cardiovascular diseases. Also, tomato prevents urinary tract infections and hypertension, and promotes eye health.

Health benefits of tomatoes have been known to mankind from ancient times. Following are some benefits of tomatoes:
  • If tomatoes are consumed in large amount, they help in improving the texture and color of the skin.
  • Also, tomatoes are good blood purifiers.
  • They help in the cases of congestion of liver and also dissolve gallstones. They also protect liver from cirrhosis.
  • Tomatoes act like a natural antiseptic and hence protect from infections. Nicotinic acid present in tomatoes help in reducing blood cholesterol levels thereby preventing heart disorders.
  • Vitamin K present in tomatoes help in preventing hemorrhages.
  • Tomatoes contain lycopene. Lycopene is the red pigment present in tomatoes. It acts as a powerful antioxidant which fights cancer cells.
  • According to the studies of American Medical Association, daily consumption of tomatoes decreases the oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes.
  • Tomato helps in reducing the risk of developing hypertension.
  • Vitamin A in tomato aids in preventing macular degeneration and night blindness, and in improving vision.
Have some tomatoes @ Don Juan Mex Grill with your favorite tacos, burritos, bowls & quesadillas in the form of salsas, pico de gallo, or just plain...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Burrito Of The Week: Hottie Got Beef.

Reg tortilla, rice, pinto beans, beef, jalapenos, extra hot
peppers, hot sauce, cheese blend, sour cream, crushed chips, lettuce.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Health Benefits of Cilantro

Cilantro is a popular Mediterranean herb commonly recognized in Asia as coriander. It is widely employed in particularly savory dishes all cultures both in modern as well as traditional cusines.The herb contains many notable plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health-promoting properties. It is quite similar to dill in utility terms of its leaves and seeds which can be used as seasoning.
Botanically, the herb belongs to the family of apiaceae, of the genus: Coriandrum. Scientific name: Coriandrum sativum.
Cilantro herb is native to Mediterranean and Asia Minor (Turkey) regions. This perennial plant requires well-draining fertile soil supplemented with warm summer climates to flourish. It grows 1 to 2 feet in height and features dark green, hairless, soft leaves that are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on near the flowering stems. The leaves and stem have slightly citrus flavor. It bears umbels of small white or light pink flowers in midsummer, followed by round-oval shaped aroamtic seeds.

Health benefits of cilantro (coriander)

  • Cilantro herb contains no cholesterol; but is rich in anti-oxidants and dietary fiber which help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" while increasing HDL or "good cholesterol" levels.
  • The leaves and seeds contain many essential volatile oils such as borneol, linalool, cineole, cymene, terpineol, dipentene, phellandrene, pinene and terpinolene.
  • The leaves and stem tips are also rich in numerous anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin and epigenin.
  • The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
  • It is also rich in many vital vitamins including folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C that are essential for optimum health. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Cilantro leaves provides 30% of daily recommended levels of vitamin-C.
  • It provides 6748 IU of vitamin-A per 100 g, about 225% of recommended daily intake. Vitamin-A, an important fat soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant, is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids (carotenes) helps body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Cilantro is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K; provides about 258% of DRI. Vitamin-K has potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.
  • The coriander seeds oil have found application in many traditional medicines as analgesic, aphrodisiac, anti-spasmodic, deodorant, digestive, carminative, fungicidal, lipolytic (weight loss), stimulant and stomachic.
Just imagine! Cilantro leaves provides only 39 cal/100 g, but their phyto-nutrients profile is no less than any high calorie food source; be it nuts, pulses or cereals or meat group.

This humble backyard herb provides (% of RDA/100g)-
15% of folates,
11% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
45% of vitamin C,
225% of vitamin A,
258% of vitamin K,
22% of iron and
18% of manganese.
(Note: RDA-Recommended daily allowance)


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Burrito of the week: "BLACK BEAN"

Regular tortilla, black beans, lettuce, cheese blend, pico de gallo, hot sauce, sour cream, cilantro chipotle sauce, fresh cilantro.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Delivery starting Sunday May 20th

For the convenience of our customers, we are starting to deliver (2 miles) starting this Sunday May 20th, 7 days a week.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Health Benefits of Pineapple.

You may well know that pineapples taste delicious, but do you know what types of vitamins and minerals are inside this tropical fruit, and why eating pineapple benefits your health?

Pineapple Origins
Most of us associate the pineapples birth place to be Hawaii, but it's actually South America where the pineapple originated, and then it was later transported to Hawaii in the 1700's. Hawaii do supply the largest amount of pineapples in America. However, China supply the whole world with a larger production of pineapples than any other country.

Benefits of Pineapple

Bromelain is a powerful enzyme, which is extracted from pineapple cores. (Most pineapple cores are inedible, but you can find some that are soft enough to eat). Once the enzyme is collected, it's often turned into supplement tablets. Bromelain is a popular supplement for athlete's, and also for people who just want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The pineapple enzyme helps with the digestive system to break down our foods, and clean blood by removing debris and toxins from the blood stream. Bromelain enzyme contains anti-inflammatory properties that benefits our internal organs. The enzyme also speeds up recovery after external injuries and reduces swelling. Eating pineapple fruit has also been known to reduce 'ulcerative colitis'.

Manganese is a vitamin that our body can't produce on its own. We need to find daily sources of manganese from food we eat. Pineapple is agreat source of Manganese. Manganese is responsible for bone formation, healing wounds, and keeping skin healthy. It regulates blood sugar levels, and helps with the immune system to fight off disease. Regularly eating pineapple will ensure you're consuming enough manganese in your diet.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a 'water soluble vitamin', which means it doesn't store in the body. We need to take Vitamin C every day in order to replenish its levels. Pineapple is a great source to find a daily dose of Vitamin C. It helps in the formation of collagen, collagen is a protein that grows new skin and blood vessels. The benefit of taking vitamin C is also believed to keep away the common cold.

Vitamin B1
Vitamin B1 is partly responsible for the development of energy in the body, turning carbohydrates into the daily energy we need. Vitamin B1 is important for the nervous system and muscle functions. Vitamin B1 also goes by the name 'thiamine' . As well as being found in Pineapples, thiamine can be found in meat, whole-grain foods, leafy vegetables and egg yolks.

Pineapple helps combat Joint Pain
Eating a big chunk of pineapple a day, will help keep joint pain at bay. Drinking a glass of pineapple juice a day can alleviate the oncoming signs of arthritis. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Other natural sources that'll combat inflammation include, cherry juice, fresh ground flax seed, Garlic, Rosehip and Turmaric.