Spice up your diet… spice up your life!
The phenomenon of enjoying “herbs for health” is really an ancient art now viewed through the lens of tradition, combined with emerging science.
Why should we care about adding herbs and spices to our food?
Here are just a few examples of the importance of incorporating a wide variety of herbs into the foods we eat:
- Herbs and spices contain antioxidants, which fight free radicals.
- Herbs and spices make food more interesting, therefore you’ll crave less salt and fat. As the joy of eating increases, the volume you eat decreases, which encourages overall better health.
- The spice turmeric is believed to neutralize free radicals, protect against cancer, and is touted as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. With its own flavor of a subtle mix of citrus and ginger, turmeric lusciously compliments a wide variety of ingredients from eggplant to Quinoa.
- Fresh garlic may decrease blood pressure, appears to be a natural antibiotic, and may be beneficial in the overall treatment of diabetes.
- The versatile and widely available parsley is rich in Vitamins C, A, and B complex, as well as iron, calcium, manganese, and phosphorous.
- Rosemary shows promise as a cancer-fighting herb. Rosmarinic acid, an important constituent of rosemary, has powerful antioxidant and preservative qualities.
Finally, use more spices and herbs because you’ll have more fun! And, let’s face it, they just taste too good not to.