Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Spice up your life...

The best way to jazz up your food in a healthy manner is to use spices!

They are great when used in a variety of different foods and cuisines, they also have many benefits here are my top five spices…

Oregano – Is really high in antioxidants

Cinnamon – Makes cells more responsive to insulin lowing your risk of developing a metabolic syndrome

Onion powder - Have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects lower and reduce risks of heart attacks and strokes

Garlic – Has an anti-infective antioxidant and also lowers cholesterol. It is a powerful antibiotic ingredient

Cayenne pepper
– Can improve your digestive system can burn fat and speed up your metabolism


Ginger speeds metabolic rate, plus it inhibits nausea and vomiting often caused by morning sickness or motion sickness.


Mustard is a stimulant that can be used to relieve respiratory complaints.


Horseradish is a relative of the mustard family that acts as a digestive stimulant.


Allspice is an aromatic stimulant that helps to relieve indigestion and gas.


Peppermint is used to treat gastric and digestive disorders, as well as tension and insomnia.


Turmeric is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and therefore protects against cancer.

Black Pepper

Black pepper improves digestion by stimulating the taste buds and thereby alerting the stomach to increase hydrochloric secretion.

Chili Powder

Chili Powder relieves achy joints and an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help ease arthritic swelling and pain.

So instead of adding unhealthy, fattening sauces to your dishes why not add these healthy beneficial herbs and spices to add some real flavour to your cooking.

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