April 13, 2023. Around the World in 80 Ways, eating very, very well all the Way. 80 recipes based on traditional healthy cuisines around the globe. From places and times that never heard of diabetes, overweight/obesity and cardiovascular disease epidemics. These very different places had very different diets. But they all have two things in common: no highly processed foods and very low daily glycemic loads. Like these distinctly Mexican homemade, handmade, whole grain corn tortillas.
With Love From Mexico: Corn Tortillas
If you like corn – and if you like great, simple, rustic homemade bread – there’s nothing better than a truly fresh, just-made tortilla. But try to find one if you don’t live in Mexico. So … what does it take to make one at home?
I tried it 3 Ways. Let’s call them The Long, Hard Way; The Slightly Easier and Quicker Way; and, The Easy Way Out. You decide what’s worth doing. If you go for the labor-intensive Way, it’ll be love at first bite. Could be your perfect weekend activity. Here’s how to make them.
The World’s Greatest Hits
No deprivation diet here. Just a focus on better, low glycemic calories. Because all calories are not created equal. No weird food. Just the most loved meals around. The tasty, satisfying stuff. Bon voyage. Bon appétit.
The goal: a full-day Glycemic Load of less than 80.
The original American diet
Thousands of years before Columbus, the Indians of South and Central America developed what’s estimated to be 60% of all crops now under cultivation worldwide. Most bean varieties. Corn, the world’s most important crop. Tomatoes. Chili peppers. Beans and corn were the staples. Beans, in particular, stored well between harvests.
Have some beans with your corn tortillas for complete protein from vegetarian sources. The beans have all the essential amino acids except methionine – and corn is loaded with that.