Lemon Grass, a Bright Addition to a low carb diet plan
Looking for a new way to add flavor to your low carb diet plan? Lemongrass, also known as citronella, is a popular element in Asian cuisines and the perfume industry, but it’s amazing health benefits are lesser known.
Lemongrass is full of many different essential oils, the most popular one being citronellol, which is used in citronella candles. Many of the other oils found in this grass are sources of powerful antioxidants, and also contain anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory characteristics. This means that eating lemongrass with your low carb diet plan can help treat the symptoms of various inflammatory diseases like arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Lemongrass is also a source of many flavonoids, the most potent one being luteolin, which has been shown to slow the growth of and even kill some cancer cells, suggesting that eating lemongrass can help protect us from certain types of cancer! Luteolin also has strong anti-inflammatory benefits, and can protect us from various lung infections.
“Naturally occurring flavonoids, such as luteolin, have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.” -Journal of Neural Inflammation
Lemongrass has a bright lemony taste, and can be added to broths much like a bay leaf. It can also be chopped fine and added into any meat or vegetable dish in place of ginger or lemon zest for a change in the usual low carb diet plan menu options. Only the base of the stalk should be used, as the green leaves can be tough to chew. Slice the stalk thinly to eat along with dishes, or leave the stalk whole (smashed a bit with the back of your knife to release the oils inside) to flavor a broth, and then remove before serving.
The bright taste of lemongrass, along with it’s incredible nutritional benefits, make it an excellent choice to add variety to any low carb diet plan. It might become your new favourite addition to your kitchen!