Spice up your nutrition
Don’t be a bore - Spice up your meals
We all know that dieting can be extremely boring and repetitive. This article will introduce you to the benefits of selected herbs and spices. Remember dieting doesn’t have to be boring! Introduce these to your meals for improved taste and a whole host of health benefits.
Cinnamon is a sweet but pungent spice that is derived from the inner bark of the branches of wild cinnamon trees, which grow in tropical areas across Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean.
Cinnamon:- Cinnamon possess antibacterial and food preservative properties. Some studies suggest it may aid in lowering the LDL (Bad cholesterol) and help control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. Others claim it may boost cognitive function, give pain relief to arthritic individuals.
Used with porridge oats, protein pancakes and coffee.
Cayenne Pepper also known as the Guinea spice, cow-horn pepper, aleva and bird pepper, by weight, is relatively high in vitamin A. It also contains vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, and manganese.
It contains the active ingredient capsaicin, which has thermogenic properties and can boost your metabolism, other benefits include digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production, gastric juices, and is also helpful for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.
Combined with lemon juice and honey, cayenne tea is an excellent morning beverage.
Garlic: - Part of the lily, or alium, family, contains vitamins C, B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants (notably allicin)
Some of the main health benefits come from this antioxidant compound allicin. Allicin is a compound that is only formed/activated when the garlic is smashed, cut up or chewed. To get the full effects of this compound the garlic must be crushed and left to stand for at least 10 minutes before consuming.Garlic powder may be an effective method at moderately reducing cholesterol levels as recent evidence based research suggest.
Studies have shown that garlic can increase hydrogen sulphide levels in the body, hydrogen sulphide can act as an antioxidant.
Can be used as a substitute to salt to add additional flavour to meals
Delicious flavour used in Mediterranean and Asian cooking.
Turmeric is a herbaceous plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native in southeast India
Tumeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin, which acts and an anti-inflammatory and strong antioxidant properties. Tumeric give food a yellow/golden appearance.
Curcumin is not readily absorbed by the body, adding black pepper to it will significantly increase its absorption due to the compound piperine.
Adding turmeric to grilled or BBQING meats can reduce the carcinogenic compounds. It may also be effective against fighting off the E colibacteria.