AZEITE DE DENDE AND ITS HEALTH BENEFITS
In Bahian or Afro-Brazilian cooking, dendê oil is a key ingredient used in preparing many Brazilian cuisines. This healthy oil is derived from the pulp of Elaeis guineensis – a type of palm tree grown in Africa and in Brazil. Dendê oil is cherished for its bright red-orange color, rich flavor, and nutritional benefits and also its ability to retain its original color compared to regular palm oil. It is a key ingredient in many Brazilian dishes such as moquecas, xinxim de galinha, and bobó de camarão. Fortunately for the UK residence, these meals can be enjoyed at the Brazil Avenue Restaurant.
For centuries and even up till date, Brazilians used this oil as a remedy for various health conditions. What distinguishes this oil from regular palm oil is that it has a higher concentration of healthy nutrients. Here are some health benefits of Azeite De Dendê Oil.
- Studies show that Dendê oil is a good source of tocopherol and tocotrienol – members of the vitamin E family. The vitamin E that is sold by commercial pharmaceuticals these days only contains alpha tocopherol that cannot be easily absorbed by the body. However, the vitamin E that is found in Dendê oil contains both tocopherols and tocotrienols – a combination that can be easily absorbed by the body.
- Dendê oil is a rich source of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats – meaning it contains no cholesterol (since it is not an animal fat). This aids proper growth and development of the body.
- The thick, bright, dark, reddish-orange color of the oil is due to the presence of high-level phytonutrients such as lycophene, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. These phytonutrients have anti-oxidant properties that are highly beneficial to humans.
Dendê oil should not be mistaken for palm kernel oil as the latter is much heavier than Brazilian versions. The reason is that Azeite Dendê oil undergoes little or no chemical processing at all.
If you reside in the UK and want to get a little bit of Brazil visit Brazil Avenue Restaurant. Our restaurant is cosy and warm just like the Brazilian traditional bars around Rio and São Paulo. We love to bring some of the best dishes weekly so you can have a taste of what is like to be in Brazil with a live band performance. Come and catch some fun with your friends and enjoy our special menu!