International Foods to add to your healthy diet

International Foods to add to your healthy diet

April Ononiba breaks down the stereotypes around international foods in the UK and maintaining a healthy diet. In this important informative piece, have a read!

From my experience There has always been a negative stereotype associated with ethnic foods in western countries. They are deemed as being unhealthy and weird because the ingredients they contain are not the norm in said countries. This can be seen by how children of ethnic minorities often feel shame in bringing their cultural foods to school due to the fear that they might get bullied for it. However, over the past years, there has been a huge increase in the appreciation for these foods by both westerners and ethnic minorities. So, here is a list of 10 ethnic foods for anyone looking to spice up their diet.

Hibiscus Tea

A drink made from Hibiscus leaves that can be served hot or cold, is a very popular drink in different parts of Africa and the Caribbean. It is known as Zobo or Sorrell. This drink has a high number of antioxidants which come with many helpful benefits such as a reduction in blood pressure. It is very easy to make and can be paired with ginger.


This is a very popular Korean dish that consists of lean meats and vegetables that you can pair with rice or pickled vegetables. It is very delicious with its sweet, spicy and savoury flavours. It is also low in fat which can be extrahelpful if you’re looking for delicious healthy food that canhelp with weight loss.

Ackee and Saltfish

Originally from West Africa, this fruit is the national fruit of Jamaica, and ackee and saltfish is the national dish ofJamaica. The meal is packed with essential vitamins andminerals such as vitamin c and fatty acids. It is also known to have many medicinal purposes throughout African and Caribbean countries. However, the ackee must be fully ripened before consumption.


This is a native Hawaiian dish that includes a lot of fermented food like pickled vegetables .Itis very high in probiotics which offers a lot of health benefits, for example strengthening your immune system.


This Indian dish is made from lentils, peas or beans, which is a good source of protein, improves digestion and can also help reduce weight. This dish is very flavourful and is alsosuitable for vegetarians.


This Latin American dish from Peru is a gluten-free alternative to starchy grains and has been a staple in the Incan diet and their descendants. This dish is rich in lipids and fibres which is beneficial for human health. And would be a great addition to the diet.

Bitter leaf Soup

This is one of the healthiest soups in Nigeria which has a positive effect on blood pressure regulation. It can be eaten on its own or served with pounded yam or eba. This dish is also known to help with headaches and migraines.

Miso Soup

This is a traditional Japanese soup that can consist of Tofu and vegetables and is usually served with rice. This soup contains amino acids that assist in muscle growth and regulate digestion.

Fish Amok

This is a Cambodian dish made using freshwater fish and is usually steamed in banana leaves. The fish is known to boost brain health and is high in omega 3 fatty acids whichis very beneficial to the body.


This is a deep-fried ball made from chickpeas and broad beans and is a traditional middle eastern dish that is usually served with pita bread. This dish is high in fibre which can help reduce cholesterol and help control blood sugar levels.

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