Healthy food in Guatemala

Travel and discover; Healthy and typical food in Guatemala, some of the disks and ingredients tasted during my visit.

PEPIAN, this disk has been declared Cultural Heritage, is consist in a typical spoon plate, cooked in the traditional way, the main ingredients which are different from anothers diskes are the cocoa, sesame seeds called also ‘ajonjoli’ in the maya cultural, another ingredients are cinnamon, chilies… the main features about these two ingredientes are,

Sesame seed (good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber) and Cocoa give you a extra input of energy.


We can find this plant in Guatemala, before I have never listen nothing about, but here there are the 13 properties from this plant

  1. Increases the body’s natural defenses.
  2. It promotes cell body structure.
  3. Naturally controls serum cholesterol levels.
  4. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  5. It promotes normal functioning of the liver and kidney.
  6. Beautifies the skin.
  7. It provides energy.
  8. Promotes proper digestion.
  9. It acts as an antioxidant.
  10. It provides a healthy circulatory system.
  11. It is an anti-inflammatory.
  12. It produces a feeling of well being.
  13. Regulates normal levels of blood sugar.



It has a tart, cranberry-like flavour, and sugar is often added to sweeten it. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine. In west Sudan a white hibiscus flower is favoured for its bitter taste and is customarily served to guests.

There is some clinical study suggesting that consumption of hibiscus tea may lower blood pressure, but the quality of studies is poor. There is no reliable evidence to support recommending hibiscus tea for the treatment of high blood pressure or primary hypertension. Hibiscus tea is generally well tolerated and does not adversely affect liver and kidney function at lower doses, but it may behepatotoxic at high doses. Hibiscus flowers contain anthocyanins, which are believed to be the active antihypertensive compounds, acting as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)


Long regarded as a food treat, cocoa is now used by some people as medicine. Cocoa seed is used for infectious intestinal diseases and diarrheaasthma,bronchitis, and as an expectorant for lung congestion. The seed coat is used for liver,bladder, and kidney ailments; diabetes; as a tonic; and as a general remedy. Cocoa butter is used for high cholesterol, although develop prons and cons it will be for sure another article.


Some of the the main properties are upper your blood pressure, anticancer features, helps against to the diabetes, helps agains to gallstone event though there are a lot of cons againts to the coffe.

Although it is the same as Cocoa, I will need a special article only for speaking about the pros and cons about this ingredient.

Another typical diskes are Jocón, Kaq´ik, Plátanos en Mole declared Cultural Heritage from Guatemala in 2007.

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