Health Benefits of Lebanese Cuisine

Health Benefits of Lebanese Cuisine

Lebanese cuisine is among the healthiest food in the world because of their ingredients and the way they cook their food.

Health Line puts Lebanese food in #10 for the world’s top healthiest cuisines because of their low-fat options such as hummus, tabbouleh and other dips and salads. Lebanese cuisine can compare to Greek food—which is always number 1 in the world’s healthiest cuisines. Like its Mediterranean counterpart, Lebanese food use vegetables and olive oil as the base component of every dish.

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The key to healthy Lebanese food is their ingredients! Traditional Lebanese food includes tahini, legumes, olive oil, and other fresh herbs and vegetables. Elie’s Tent is a Halal restaurant serving authentic Lebanese cuisines in Victoria Park, Perth. Our variety of dishes covers all palates for all kinds of diet such as vegan, vegetarian and meat-lovers.

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optimised photo of sesame seeds Tahini is a paste made from ground seeds that are usually served as a dip or mixed with other ingredients to make a sauce. According to Medical News Today, Tahini offers a lot of medical benefits such as lowering cholesterol, decreasing the probability of cancer, strengthening the bones, and curing arthritis. With just two tablespoons of Tahini, you can already get a high dose of thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and calcium.

optimised photo of legumesLegumes are also another base-ingredient in Lebanese cuisine. Just like tahini, legumes are often ground to paste-texture to make dips and other sauces. It is the main ingredient for hummus and falafel, two famous dishes in Middle-Eastern cuisine. Aside from this, legumes such as chickpeas, beans and lentils are also featured as the main course for vegetarian or vegan dishes.

Legumes are a good source of low-fat protein along with carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other antioxidant and dietary fibres. According to Healthy Eating, a half cup serving of Legumes can give a person 31% more than the average nutrients we receive from regular food. Aside from this, Legumes also promote regular bowel movement and lower sugar lever and cholesterol, thus decreasing the chance for heart problems.

olive oil optimisedAnother main ingredient in Lebanese cuisine is Olive Oil which is also a staple of the Mediterranean diet. It is often mixed with other herbs and spices to make dips and sauces, or salad dressing and meat marinades. And since most Lebanese dishes are either sautéed or grilled, olive oil is one main ingredient that gives flavour to their food especially when partnered with bread. According to Medical News Today, regions that use olive oil instead of high-fat acids in their diet are less prone to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

Aside from these, other base-ingredients used in Lebanese cuisine include Greek Yogurt, Bulgur (wheat cereal), Baharat (spice mixture), Kashk (dairy mixture), and Mulukhiyak (herbs).

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lamb shawarmaAside from bread and vegetables, Lebanese cuisine is also famous for their lamb dishes. At Elie’s Tent, the number one lamb dish is, of course, the Shawarma Laham. Lamb tenderloin is marinated with a special sauce, grilled on the spit and is then garnished with herbs, spices and a side of vegetables. But unlike other regions that eat lamb, Lebanese cuisine is healthier because  of their religious practices which follow the halal diet.

Since most Lebanese practice Islam, they are forbidden to eat unclean food such as meat from swine, from dead or sick animals, and from those that were slaughtered outside the Muslim manner. With Lebanese cuisine, you can guarantee that their dishes are healthier since they only use meat from healthy animals which are slaughtered properly using clean tools.

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To add to these, Lebanese cuisines are also good for vegan and vegetarian people since there are a variety of dishes—from appetiser to desserts—that don’t use meat or any animal product to make cheese or milk. At Elie’s Tent, you get to enjoy all these healthy and delicious dishes! We source our ingredients from Lebanon itself, and we serve 100% halal meat to cater not only to the Lebanese people in Perth, but also to anyone who wants to have a taste of authentic Lebanese dishes.

Elie’s Tent is located at 610 Albany Highway, Victoria Park, Perth. We are open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 am to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays until 11 pm, and Sundays from 5:30 to 9 pm. Please contact us for reservations.

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