You might have heard the old adage 'if something tastes bad, it's usually good for you' and vice versa. Well, the more we explore interesting and culturally inspired foods in the UK, the more surprisingly tasty and healthy options become available in mainstream supermarkets. Below are some of the weird and wonderful foods available to us... TASTY!
1.) Lambs Heart: Ever strolled around your local supermarket and thought, hmmm I could murder some lamb’s heart tonight? I haven’t, but many people do it seems, and for darn good reason! An average lamb’s heart contains around 250kcal, 30-35g protein, 0g carbohydrate and only 2g saturated fat! This is similar to a lamb shank that comes in at around 260kcal, 35g protein, 3g carbohydrate and 4g saturated fat.
The lamb heart is a very lean meat, and compared to the lamb shank costs a fraction of the price. Expect to pay around £5 for a lamb shank, or you could get 5, yes 5 lamb hearts for the same money! If you’re worried about how they taste then just ask anyone that has tried them, apparently they taste just like lamb. Result!
2.) Beef Brain: I really can’t get my head around this (if you’ll excuse the pun). However beef brain is on the menu for many because of its high protein content, with a 100g serving delivering 20% of most people’s daily protein requirements. As you’d expect, fat content is very low making brain a very useful source of satiating protein.
3.) Raw catfish: An interesting take on the very fashionable Sushi craze that has hit the UK. Although this fish is commonly fished for sport in the UK and Europe, it is not commonly eaten. If you do eat it (and some do) then expect to glean plenty of lean protein as well as minerals including phosphorus and selenium. Selenium has antioxidant properties, meaning it is beneficial to your immune response and overall health.
4.) Marmite: Love it or hate it, there is no denying this pantry staple is good for your health. Made from yeast extract, Marmite is vegetarian, low in calories but particularly dense in amino acids, vitamin B12, and niacin (vitamin B3), which is a key component in immunity and fighting ‘superbugs’. Yes, some of the benefit is offset by its high salt content, but if you keep it to a flattened off teaspoon then the benefits dramatically outweigh the negatives.
5.) Dulse: This future superfood is causing quite a stir, it’s a seaweed similar to Chlorella and Spirulina and is equally antioxidant dense. Whilst most people consume seaweed in powder or capsule form because of nutrient density and unappealing taste, Dulse is lapped up because it tastes like a British favourite…bacon! If consumed alongside a balanced diet, Dulse can reduce the risk of oxidative degenerative conditions such as heart disease and some cancers.