The 3FW (FED Fun Food of the Week): Tamarind


If you've ever wandered into a Latin or Asian specialty store and come across some funky, Mr. Hanky-looking, brown pods, you've probably seen tamarind.

Sometimes called, "The Indian Date", tamarind is widely used in the cuisine of India, Asia, and Mexico for it's sweet and tart flavor.

You can eat tamarind right out of the pod (this is the fun way) by simply breaking the shell, peeling off the "vein", and popping a section of the pulp into your mouth.  Don't chomp on it though, the pulp conceals a VERY hard seed that will easily break a tooth!  Tamarind can also be purchased in blocks (simple pressed pulp) or as a juice.

Nutritionally, a single tamarind pod yields about 5 calories that come from a minuscule amount of fat and only ~1 gm of sugar.  Tamarind also contains potassium (~12mg/pod), and a little vitamin A and vitamin C, and an antioxidant called tartaric acid

For more information about tamarind, check out this link to Nutrition-and-you.com.

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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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