Lemon juice is a very versatile flavoring ingredient. For one, you can mix it in soups to add taste. Likewise, you can add a splash of lemon juice to marinate chicken and other kinds of meat. For fish, using lemon not only gives taste, but it also balances out the fishy taste or “lansa.”
Aside from adding taste and aroma to foods, lemon juice is also highly beneficial because it contains vitamin C, which helps in boosting the immune system. Moreover, it has flavonoids, a known antioxidant that potentially helps fight cardiovascular diseases and even cancer.
If you cannot get your hands on lemon, you can use other citrus fruits, such as kalamansi or Philippine lime.
Also known as siling labuyo, cayenne pepper is another ingredient to use if you want to prepare a no salt, no sugar meal plan.
Many people avoid cayenne pepper because they are not fond of its strong, spicy taste. However, you can adjust the “hotness” by adding an amount appropriate to your liking.
Like lemon juice, cayenne pepper is versatile because you can add it to many dishes. Furthermore, it comes in many preparations. Aside from the fresh or dried chilis, you can also find chili powder and flakes.
Cayenne pepper has a lot of benefits, too. Studies show that it’s packed with vitamins and minerals and it even helps improve blood circulation. What’s more, reports indicate that the capsaicin in cayenne pepper can boost our metabolism, thereby helping us burn calories for weight loss.
Here’s a key reminder: As much as possible, stick to fresh siling labuyo, chili powder, and flakes. Avoid chili paste and sauce as they might contain added salt and sugar.
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