Are we eating according to our roots or our tradition?
Let’s start eating our traditional food as our grandparents were eating in the past. Why not include all the herbs and traditional foods that we have forgotten.
The Nutrivolution is reintroducing to everyone to include the local herbs and nature’s food as part of our healthy lifestyle.
This week I will introduce our well known Petai or Bitter beans.
Bitter bean also locally called as Petai. Petai is very common in Malaysian cuisine. We eat it RAW as ulam or even stir-fried with beans. It has been used as a traditional medicinal food in our community.
HOW good is Petai?
1) HIGH Antioxidant -where it helps in scavenging the free radicals and protect our cells.
2) HIGH Antibacterial properties – It can save us from some bacterias such as S. aureus. E.coli, B. subtilise and much more.
The antibacterial properties of the Petai vary from species and location. So my suggestion is to eat Petai from different place when you are on vacation or a road trip.
It kills the bacteria in our stomach and intestines.
Our ancestors used Petai as part of their diet for the above reasons.
3) High in anti-cancer properties such as Kaempferol, Catechin, Luteolin and much more. It can protect us from some cancerous cells.
According to some studies the highest phytochemical compounds, Petai species are from Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Johor.
Please don’t forget to enjoy some Petai dishes from these areas when you are on vacation or buy from the local farmers when you are passing by them by the roadside.
We support the local farmers because it is usually organic, homegrown and high in nutritional value.
Let’s have it at least once a week to promote good health.
Recommended: Maximum twice a week and not more than 5-6 beans per time.
When you are out for lunch or dinner this weekend, try to take some Petai as part of your meal.
Try my simple and easy recipe this weekend.
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