We’ve teamed up with nutritionist and registered dietitian Juliette Kellow to reveal why you should add Tenderstem® to your shopping trolley:
Number 1 : It’s an easy way to one of your 5-a-day
Health experts recommend we eat five servings of fruit and veg each day for good health.
But, figures from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey reveal that most adults only manage four daily servings, with a massive seven out of 10 failing to get the recommended 5-a-day. Teenagers are even worse – 11-18 year olds have only three servings of fruit and veg day and a staggering nine out of 10 fail to reach 5-a-day.
Just 80g Tenderstem® – around 7 stems – counts as one of your 5-a-day.
Number2: It’s good for waistlines
Tenderstem® is a great choice for including as part of a balanced, healthy diet that helps us keep our weight under control.
It’s low in calories and high in fibre – an 80g serving contains just 28 calories and 3g fibre – and is perfect for adding variety to our diet, which can help to make healthy eating really enjoyable.
Number 3: It’s a heart-friendly choice
Health experts recommend we pay attention to the amount of fat in our diet and especially reduce saturated fat, the type that increases blood cholesterol levels, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease.
Indeed, the latest statistics reveal that more than half of all adults have high cholesterol. Tenderstem® is free from both fat and saturates, making it a perfect ingredient for heart-healthy meals.
Number 4: It’s naturally low in sugars.
Sugar has rarely been out of the news recently and with good reason – most of us are having way too much in our diets. Good news then that Tenderstem® is low in sugars and the small amount present occur naturally.
Health experts call these ‘intrinsic’ sugars as they’re found within the cell structure of fruit and veg, and they all agree there’s no need to cut down on them. In fact, health experts agree that most of us actually would benefit from eating more fruit and vegetables.
Number 5: It’s good news for our blood pressure
In the UK, around one in four adults have high blood pressure. It’s good news then that Tenderstem® is a source of potassium, a nutrient that plays a role in maintaining normal blood pressure (and is also needed for our muscles and nervous system to work properly).
Added to this, Tenderstem® is naturally low in salt. Health experts around the world agree that too much salt can increase blood pressure, which in turn, increases our risk of heart disease and stroke. We should all be aiming to have less than 6g salt a day (children should have even less), but the most recent figures show, on average, our daily intakes are still around 8g, even though many of us have stopped adding the white stuff to our cooking and meals.
That’s why it’s so important to choose foods that are low in salt whenever we can – and Tenderstem® fits the bill!
Number 6: It’s packed with skin-friendly nutrients
Tenderstem® is rich in vitamin C, which is needed to make collagen, a type of protein that’s found in many different types of tissue in the body including the blood vessels, bone, cartilage and our skin. If our diets lack vitamin C, collagen can’t be replaced and this can affect the health of our skin and how it looks. But that’s not all! Tenderstem® is also packed with beta-carotene, a nutrient that the body converts into vitamin A, which is vital for keeping skin in tip-top condition, too.
Number 7: It’s loaded with vitamins for our immune system
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the best things we can do to keep our immune system working at its best, but some nutrients are especially good at supporting immunity. These include vitamins A and C, together with folate (a B vitamin).
Many fruit and veg contain these nutrients, but Tenderstem® is one of the few vegetables that’s rich in all three of these, making it an ideal choice for staying fighting fit.
Number 8: It’s rich in nutrients for an energy boost
Tenderstem® is packed with nutrients that are linked to giving us energy. Vitamin C has a role to play in producing energy in our bodies and can help us feel less tired. Folate, too, helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue.
But it also contains a nutrient called manganese, which is needed in just small amounts, but is vital for energy production.
Number 9: It contains nutrients that are important for healthy blood
Thanks to its high amounts of folate and vitamins A and C, Tenderstem® can have a role in keeping our blood healthy. Folate is needed to make blood, while vitamin A is needed for the normal metabolism of iron, a nutrient that’s important for making red blood cells and haemoglobin, which transports oxygen around the body.
Meanwhile, vitamin C helps the body absorb iron from non-meat foods such as eggs, beans, nuts, seeds, green leafy veg and fortified breakfast cereals. Vitamin C and iron-rich foods need to be eaten together for the best effects, for example, adding Tenderstem® to a tofu and cashew nut stir fry, or serving Tenderstem® with homemade hummus, which is made from chick peas.
Number 10: It’s a great choice for mums-to-be
The folate in Tenderstem® makes it an especially good choice for mums-to-be as this B vitamin supports the growth of a mother’s tissues during pregnancy. An 80g serving provides 29% of our daily needs for this B vitamin.
Meanwhile it’s such an important pregnancy nutrient that the Department of Health recommends all women planning a pregnancy and in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy eat more folate-rich foods and also take a supplement of 400mcg folic acid each day to help protect against neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
Number 11: It contains nutrients that protect cells from damage
Manganese and vitamin C both have a role to play in protecting cells from oxidative damage. Just one 80g serving of raw Tenderstem® provides a fifth of our daily needs for manganese and 45% for vitamin C, making it a great choice for boosting intakes of these nutrients.
Number 12: It adds fluid to your diet
Most of us are used to hearing that we should drink plenty of water each day, but the fluid in foods such as vegetables also counts towards our daily intake.
Tenderstem® contains around 88% water. That means in an 80g serving there’s roughly 70ml water. Experts agree we should have around 2 litres of water a day from a combo of drinks and food.