Spices are not only a great way to add color, flavor and aroma to your cooking, but they also have a wealth of benefits to your health. Let us discuss the seven healthiest spices that are probably in your cupboard.
Spices have been used to add flavor to foods for centuries. They have also been used in many cultures for magic, religious rituals and medicinal purposes. In ancient Egypt, spices were used to embalm the dead and the Romans used them to create beauty balms and for healing. In India, Korea and China they have been used for medicinal purposes since 1000 BC. Today, although they are primarily used for flavoring, scientists have been studying the use of spices in medicine. Considering the benefits of so many fruits and vegetables, it should come as no surprise that there are many benefits in using spices.
While they are often used sparingly in our favorite recipes, spices have the potential to improve our well-being. For example, think about how ginger tea can help to ease nausea or how spicy dishes can clear our stuffy noses. Although large-scale studies of the health benefits to humans are limited, spices are an alternate way to add flavor without having to use salt or butter.
We will outline seven spices that are versatile in their use and benefits to our health. Make sure to stock up on them.
Our today’s spice – Chili:
The red chili plant is native to South and Central America and the Caribbean. It is one of the largest spice crops in the world. As a rule, the smaller the chili pepper is the hotter it will be. By removing the veins and the seeds from inside, the heat can be reduced. They can be purchased whole or dried. Dried varieties can be found as threads, powder or flakes.
One of the health benefits of chili is the compound capsaicin. This compound may help fight obesity by generating more heat in the body. This process, known as thermogenesis, causes an increase in metabolism helping the body to burn a few extra calories. This spice is also an analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that is useful in muscle rubs and for joint pain.
Chili can be used to flavor oils, dressings and sauces. It is a staple ingredient in many South American and Asian dishes.
Stay tuned, as tomorrow we will explore more spices!