Dried herbs and spices are a great way to enhance the flavour of your cooking and reduce the need to add salt or fat for extra taste. However, have you ever thought of the what the spices you use do for your body? I have listed some of my favorites and the ones I regularly use when cooking.
I am crazy about cinnamon and often sprinkle it on porridge/yoghurt, on a latte or when preparing an Indian dish such as dhal – super yummy! The cinnamon bark has been used traditionally as medicine throughout the world and contains a high concentration of antioxidants. It also encourages blood circulation and can help lower bad cholesterol in the body.
Cayenne pepper (capsicum) is frequently used in spicy dishes, but did you know that it is high in Vitamin A, B, C, potassium and is great healing for the digestive system as well as the heart- it has even been used for preventing heart attacks!
I rarely use salt when cooking but this is my only exception. Himalayan Crystal salt, or the “white gold” as it is known in the Himalayans, is a premium salt or halite which origins from a mine the Punjab region of Pakistan. The salt contains of 84 natural minerals and has several health benefits. It helps regulate our body’s blood sugar, promote pH balance and helps reduce the common signs of aging to name a few.
The substance that makes the curry orange/yellow is called turmeric. Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and can restrict the activity of the virus behind mouth and cervical cancer. The substance in curry can also protect the immune system from bacterial infections and increase the liver’s ability to remove toxins from the body – perfect to eat before doing a liver cleanse for example!
Do you have any favorite spices? Leave a comment below!
By: Linnéa Nilsson