Spices that Liven up Your Food and Health

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Ever think of spices as more than just flavor to add to your food?  Not only do spices make people ask “mmm, what’s that flavor” but the health benefits are endless!  Spices give us such an easy way to control things such as blood sugar, prevent against inflammation that can lead to heart disease, cancer and diabetes and even reports have started to show the benefits in weight management all due to spices! 

 

Check out this list of spices you can find in your pantry or at the local grocery store to bring extra flavor and health benefits to you and your family.  As always, consult with your medical professional before making any major changes to your diet.

Cinnamon-

We all have it in our pantry…but have you ever tried sprinkling it in your coffee grinds in the morning?  It’s excellent…and bonus, cinnamon is filled with antioxidants that help fight against diseases.  It’s also been known to help regulate blood sugar in diabetic’s diets.  It’s a wonderful, sweet spice that adds lots of flavor.

 

Turmeric-

This spice stems from the ginger family and makes a mean curry recipe!  But above that, studies have shown that it may also help fight cancer.  Turmeric is excellent on chicken dishes with wild rice and gives a warm spice taste to your meal.

 

Thyme-

This is one of my personal favorites and when you cook with it, you always get the “what’s in this…it’s delicious”.  Thyme comes from the mint family and can help suppress inflammation according to the study in the Journal of Lipid Research.

 

Rosemary-

This herb requires an acquired pallet as many people make the comment that it’s such a strong herb.  In my opinion, it’s one of the most underutilized herbs in making meals.  And if you’re looking to change your opinion on Rosemary, it’s been shown in studies to significantly cut your cancer risk.

 

Parsley-

In a study by the University of Missouri, scientists found that this herb can actually inhibit breast cancer cell growth.  This herb pairs well with garlic, capers, fish, chicken and lemon.