January 17th, 2017

Spices and Herbs Are Surprisingly Rich in Antioxidants, on Par With Many Fruits and Vegetables.

Nutritionists have long recommended spices and herbs as a way to add flavor without fat, salt or sugar — making it easier to meet today’s dietary guidelines. But now studies suggest adding more spices and herbs to your diet may not only please your palate, it could enhance your health.

In many cultures throughout history, spices and herbs have been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Only recently have scientists turned their attention to the potential health benefits of spices and herbs. “The study of spices is a relatively new area of nutrition science investigation, but one that holds great promise. What is especially encouraging is that the spice amounts being studied are reasonable for culinary usage.

Many spices and herbs appear to have some beneficial effects, but seven Super Spices that may hold the greatest potential to improve our health include: Cinnamon, Ginger, Oregano, Red Peppers (including cayenne, crushed red pepper and paprika), Rosemary, Thyme and Turmeric (commonly found in yellow curry powder) More Reasons to Season.