Replace Sugar and Salt with Herbs and Spices
If you’re working to lose weight or maintain your weight loss, it’s important to limit both sugar and salt. Unfortunately, when you take the sugar and salt out of food, you lose a lot of flavor. The key is to bring out the flavors in the foods, which can be done with the addition of spices and herbs.
Learning to cook with herbs and spices is essential if you plan to engage in low-salt, low-calorie cooking. Not only do herbs and spices offer great nutrients and antioxidants, many of them have excellent health benefits too.
Are you brand new to cooking with spices and herbs? If so, get started by only using just one or two in each dish. As you gain more experience, you can add more to dishes if you desire. When using fresh herbs, you may need to be generous, since they have a subtle flavor. It’s also a good idea to wait until you’re nearly done cooking a dish to add fresh herbs, ensuring that they keep their flavor.
You’ll want to be a bit more careful with dried herbs – you probably won’t need as much as you would fresh herbs. Dried spices and herbs also hold their flavor well, even when heated, so you can add them when you begin cooking a dish if you desire.
Adding spices and herbs to your dishes can do more than just improve the flavor of your meals. Research shows that many herbs and spices have health benefits. For example, cinnamon may help improve the body’s insulin response, keeping blood sugar levels stable. Yellow mustard seeds contain glucosinolates, which are anti-cancer compounds that may prevent cancer. Compounds found in turmeric are known to impact the behavior of fat-storage genes. Even better, some studies show that many spices and herbs help reduce bloating and target belly fat.
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