Tamarind

Tamarind
Tamarind

Maybe you haven't seen tamarind in its natural state, but these sweet little brown pods are an amazing, healthful alternative to processed sugar and a tangy change of pace from whatever your common NutriBlast sweetener is! Tamarind is used as an Ayurvedic medicine for gastric problems, digestive issues and cardio-protective activity. Too much can have laxatative effects, but just the right amount - 1 or 2 tablespoons of the pulpy center from these tree-hanging fruits - can improve bowel movements. It's also packed with vitamin C and antioxidants for a well-rounded slew of health benefits.

Selection Process

Tamarind can be found in blocks, paste, or pods, but most commonly in its concentrate paste form. Be sure to buy organic, free of additives and other chemicals. NutriBlast recipes containing tamarind will call for tamarind concentrate.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 fruit (3" x 1") (2.0 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 4.8

% Daily Value*

Total fat 0.0g 0.0%

Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 0.6mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 1.3g 0.4%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0.4%

Sugars 0.8g

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 0.1g

Vitamin A 0.0% Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 0.1% Iron 0.3%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 0.0%
Vitamin K 0.1% Thiamin 0.6%
Riboflavin 0.2% Niacin 0.2%
Vitamin B-6 0.1% Folate 0.1%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 0.0%
Phosphorus 0.2% Magnesium 0.5%
Zinc 0.0% Selenium 0.0%
Copper 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.