Herbs and spices don’t just exist to please your palette. A necessary ingredient that can turn your basic bowl of macaroni and cheese into a culinary masterpiece, these little flakes of goodness can make all the difference in your health, if you just use them the right way!
So, what does each ingredient add to your meal, other than a flavor profile? Here’s a list of all the benefits that popular ingredients offer!
Pungent and sweet, there’s more to cardamom! A great breath freshener, cardamom is also a nifty herb to soothe your upset stomach fast. High in magnesium and zinc, cardamom helps fight inflammation as well, which is why you often see the herb advertised for injury medication!
– Chili Peppers
Probably the best spice to wake your senses, chili peppers—whether dried, fresh or powdered—have the power to boost your metabolism and keep your blood vessels healthy and strong. Just remember to never touch your eyes when using chili of any kind. You will regret it.
If you’re cutting down on sugar, swap it for cinnamon. Sweet but not too much, flavorful but low in calories, not to mention sugar-free, cinnamon sweetens up any meal you add it too. The fact that it fends off free radicals, fights bacteria and soothes inflammation is only an added bonus.
Though not a spice, cocoa or the cacao seed can still pack a flavorful punch! Like its purified product, cocoa can improve heart health, lower cholesterol and keep your arteries healthy as well, while balancing your blood pressure. Now there’s something to satisfy your dark chocolate addiction!
A staple ingredient in almost all Middle Eastern dishes, cumin has a sharp flavor that offsets any pungency you might get from other herbs and spices. Rich in iron and low in calories, cumin is a must-have, especially for women who may be suffering from anemia.
Ultra-fragrant, this treat for the senses is actually a treat for your whole body! Rich in antioxidants, rosemary helps prevent cell damage, and has anti-aging properties as well. However, if you don’t favor the taste as much, just a whiff of it can be enough. Its 1, 8-cineole compound has been found to boost brain activity!
Using Spices and Herbs the Right Way!
In truth, the odd omelets or microwave pizza don’t in any way capture the true flavor and health power of spices and herbs. So, why not try your hand at it?
As a foodie who has had decades of experience cooking, I can proudly say that I’ve used these ingredients liberally in a number of my recipes, many of which are listed on the site. So, try them!
However way you enjoy these recipes, balance the spice notes so you can enjoy the flavors perfectly. There’s so much foodie fun toYum