Lebanese cuisine is very popular. Offering delicious meal options that are packed with whole foods, it’s no question why this cuisine has gained notoriety. Using nutritious ingredients, Lebanese cuisine offers many health benefits that will support you and your family.

Nutrient Dense Ingredients in Every Meal.

Olive Oil

In Lebanese cuisine, olive oil is a main ingredient. This healthy oil is often mixed with herbs and spices to create dips, sauces, salad dressings, and marinades.

Olive oil is rich in heart healthy, monounsaturated fats which are resistant to high heat, making it excellent for cooking. Diets with high amounts of monounsaturated fat has been linked to lowered heart disease and stroke.

Olive oil is packed full of healthy antioxidants and has moderate amounts of Vitamin E and K. A Lebanese cuisine diet is beneficial for your cardiovascular health due to this healthy oil.

Tahini

Tahini is a popular ingredient in Lebanese cuisine. This paste made from toasted, ground sesame seeds is a key ingredient in hummus.

Tahini is rich in nutrients including thiamine, vitamin b6, phosphorous and magnesium. It offers anti-inflammatory benefits, lowers cholesterol and may have antibacterial properties.

Legumes

Two famous dishes in Lebanese Cuisine are hummus and falafel, made from ground chickpeas. Due to their high amount of fiber, legumes support digestion health. Legumes are also high in carbohydrate, B vitamins, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and phosphorous.

High in protein, legumes are plant based and support a healthy vegetarian diet. Lebanese cuisine offers many vegetarian options due to the large variety of meals featuring chickpeas, lentils and fava beans.

According to Healthy Eating, a half cup serving of Legumes can give a person 31% more than the average nutrients we receive from regular food. 

Spices

Spices are the key ingredient to Lebanese cuisine. Instead of using sauces that often contain saturated fats, Lebanese cuisine flavour comes from the carefully chosen spices.

Cinnamon is often used in savory dishes to flavour meat, especially kibbeh. This spice offers anti-inflammatory properties, loaded with antioxidants and aids to lower blood sugar levels.

Cumin is arguably one of the most prevalent spices in Lebanese cuisine, adding it’s unmistakable flavour to falafel. Cumin is a rich source of iron and is beneficial towards indigestion.

Parsley is the main ingredient for the salad known as tabbouleh. This versatile herb contains many key nutrients including folate, potassium, Vitamin A, C and K.

Fresh vegetables

Everyone knows the key to a balanced diet is to consume a large amount of fresh fruits and vegetables. With a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, Lebanese cuisine offers a healthy diet packed full of natural fibers and plant-based proteins.

Popular dishes like Baba Ghanouj, Fattoush salads, Grape leaves and spinach pies all offer various vegetables cooked to offer delicious and healthy meals.

Lebanese cuisine always utilizes the freshest of ingredients, offering you the full nutritional value of your meal.

Having a healthy, balanced diet is the key to good health in yourself and your family. A great way to add key nutrients to your diet is to incorporate more Lebanese based meals in your home. Many of them are easy to make and offer great flavour. If you’re running low on time, or want to treat yourself, remember to turn to Basha’s for your local Lebanese menu.