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Herbs and Spices: The Unsung Heroes

by Bethaney Wallace on Jun 25, 2012

Much can be said for incorporating fruits, vegetables, and other natural-grown ingredients into our everyday diets. They add important vitamins and minerals, provide a healthy diet, and promote natural health benefits – all without the need for medicine or supplements. But what about the rest of the naturally growing population? Herbs, spices, and other flavoring ingredients are often overlooked within the “healthy for you” category.

However, despite their ability to successfully fly under the radar, many herbs and spices actually hold more nutritional value than fruits and veggies themselves. Not only do these ingredients add a boost of flavor to everyday meals, they can up the vitamin count as well.

Some of the biggest health boosters include cinnamon, turmeric, rosemary, garlic, ginger, and paprika – although the list certainly doesn’t end there. Cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides; it’s also healthy for those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Garlic has nearly super hero-like abilities, knocking out cancer cells in their tracks and working to further upset tumor cells through their metabolism. Paprika holds antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities, and also works to lower one’s risk of cancer.Herbs and spices can also provide antioxidants, promote weight loss and healthy blood pressure, hold anti-aging qualities, and fight disease.

But these benefits are only the beginning. With hundreds of naturally occurring herbs and spices, each respective flavor has its own set of benefits. The best way to incorporate them is by experimenting and trying new flavors throughout your cooking schedule. If cinnamon was used on baked apples, and garlic was incorporated into last night’s stir fry, use oregano for tomorrow’s lunch, and tarragon for dinner – and so on. And if variety or planning fails, eat the spicesyou crave!

If you have certain health risks, talk to your doctor or a nutrition specialist about what foods will work best for your dietary needs.

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