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Olympic ringsAs we are wrapping up the Olympic Games and celebrating the world’s most notable athletes, let us also celebrate the rich cultures and diversity of each country represented at the Olympics.  Acknowledging the land, language, and history of each culture represented at the Olympics is a start.  Celebrating the great things these countries have to offer includes the foods and diets unique to cultures from around the world.  Every country has foods that are staples to the culture, and some of these food options help add healthy variety to your diets.  We have compiled a list from all 7 continents to inspire some Olympic Games spirit!

 

Africa
Country: Morocco
Local Food: Argan
Nutritional Benefits: Rich in antioxidants and vitamin E

Antarctica
Local Food: Oysters
Nutritional Benefits: High in niacin, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, and a good source of protein, vitamin B12, iron, zinc, copper and selenium

Asia
Country: Japan
Local Food: Seaweed
Nutritional Benefits: Rich in iodine, vitamin A, and vitamin C

Australia
Local Food: Bunya Nut
Nutritional Benefits: Source of protein, vitamins and essential minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc

Europe
Country:  Finland
Local Food: Herring
Nutritional Benefits: High in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium

North America

Country: United States
Local Food: Red Snapper
Nutritional Benefits: High in omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and vitamin D

South America
Country: Brazil
Local Food: Guava
Nutritional Benefits: High in dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene, magnesium and copper

This is the perfect time to add some culture to your healthy plate.  While we are watching athletes from countries around the world compete for the gold, experience something healthy from a foreign country.  There is no better time to celebrate all the world has to offer our diets than during the Olympic Games.

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