Adding a little spice to your diet can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Many are firm believers in the alternative and natural remedy revolution that is currently taking hold in the United States. Herbs and spices can make a significant difference to your overall health.
Recent studies have proven that herbs and spices can indeed prevent certain diseases and ailments. This efficiency is due to the antioxidant qualities of herbs and spices without the unwanted calories, sugars, sodium or fats. Sure you can get antioxidants in other foods, but without all the baggage? Not likely. And what’s more, the antioxidants count in certain spices and herbs (such as mustard, parsley, oregano, ginger, and curry provide the highest concentration of antioxidants than any other food. Spices and herbs go a long way in keeping your body in top condition.
Here, it is important to point out the difference between herbs and spices, although they are very similar. Herbs are usually considered to be the leaves of the plant, while spices are everything else. For example, cinnamon is a spice since it comes from the bark, ginger is from roots, and cumin is from seeds.
But it is more than just the antioxidants that make herbs and spices so glorious. According to recent studies, when you add herbs and spices to foods that are also plant based, such as whole grains or a tomato sauce on your pasta, the powers of herbs and spices are even more effective. Simply adding more oregano, parsley, or cilantro can make a significant difference.
Add a little spice to your life with ground cinnamon. This healthy antioxidant not only helps you stay healthy but will add a little flavor to any sweets you have. Try adding a little sprinkle of cinnamon to your morning oatmeal to kick-start your morning. Cinnamon can be used in many different ways; try adding some to your coffee on your next break. It’ll be like Christmas all year long.
Cilantro should be a staple in your spice rack. Add it not only to your pastas, but also to your salads. It is a great addition that not only your body will thank, but your taste buds too. If you are preparing an Asian dish, ginger should be your best friend. It can be added to almost any dish to create an Oriental feeling. Be sure to add it to your stir fry or an Asian marinade. You can even add ginger to your fruity desserts.
Any dish could use garlic. It is one of the best additions for antioxidants available, and it compliments just about any dish, from pasta to roast to fish, garlic is a flavor enhancer. Plus, it’s heart friendly.
Basil should also be considered a main-stay in your spice rack. Not only is it perfect on pasta dishes (and anything Mediterranean) it will also give your kitchen a pleasant aroma all year long.