Vanilla Whip Dip

Why is Vanilla Bean great for our gut?

Vanilla beans are from the vanilla plant which is cured and then either used in cooking, or processed to extract the essence used for flavor and fragrance. Vanilla beans can have a sweet scent with a smoky flavor. However, the vanilla bean spice can also provide a variety of benefits for the body and mind!

Vanilla beans come from South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. They contain important micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Vanilla beans have been found to ease gastrointestinal irritation and inflammation of the gut microbiome, as well as containing antioxidant properties to prevent diseases such as colon cancer.

Vanilla beans can prevent diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and ease abdominal pain. In addition, consuming vanilla beans can ease stress levels. The incorporation of vanilla bean into one’s diet can regulate levels of glutathione, nitric oxide, and serotonin. Glutathione is an antioxidant that can reduce stress, while nitric oxide helps nutrients and oxygen travel throughout our bodies. Serotonin stabilizes our mood and feelings.

Stress plays a major role in the development of IBS and other gut-related disorders, and psychological stress in particular has been linked to the formation of IBS. A disturbance in the brain-gut axis can affect the body in managing symptoms of IBS. Easing the mind can ease the stomach.


Ways to eat it

Enjoy the benefits of vanilla bean in tea, rice pudding, and baked goods!

Vanilla bean, and vanilla extract can also be commonly found at the supermarket.


Recipe: Vanilla Whip Dip


Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings):

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked

  • 5 medjool dates, pitted

  • 1/4 cup water, filtered

  • 1 Tbsp vanilla bean powder

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 pinch Himalayan pink salt

Directions:

  1. Soak the raw cashews overnight or for 4-6 hours.

  2. Drain the soaked cashews and add all of the ingredients to the blender.

  3. Blend all of the ingredients on high until smooth.

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References

Brennan, D. (2020, November 14). Health Benefits of Vanilla. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-vanilla#1

Shyamala, B. N., Naidu, M. M., Sulochanamma, G., & Srinivas, P. (2007). Studies on the antioxidant activities of natural vanilla extract and its constituent compounds through in vitro models. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 55(19), 7738–7743. https://doi.org/10.1021/jf071349+

Singletary, K. W. (2020). Vanilla. Nutrition Today, 55(4), 186–196. https://doi.org/10.1097/nt.0000000000000412


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