Use Winter Spices for Healthier Meals


Assortment of Winter Spices

An interesting thing about the science behind today's healthy eating is that it is often based off old practices. For example, many of today's medicines are derived from herbs and plants that have been used for thousands of years. Many old wives tales have turned out to be true, and many of those things your mother told you (like chew your food all the way) are also true.

Using Old-fashioned Winter Spices As Health Food

Winter cooking is all about savory comfort foods. Spices, heavier sauces and hearty stews are often on the menu. Of course, healthy eating means lean meats and lots of delicious winter veggies, like squash.

You have probably heard that food is medicine. This is true, but what is also true is that spices are medicine. The spices you use to season your foods and make them more tasty can also have amazing health benefits.

The Health Benefits of Cloves

Cloves are a spice typically used in baking, but can also be used to season meats and veggies. Rich and spicy in flavor, clove is high in vitamin C, manganese, vitamin A, iron, phosphorous, potassium and proteins. They contain potent anti- cholesterolemic and anti-lipid properties and help boost digestion and metabolism.

Cloves have been found to be beneficial on many levels, including promoting weight loss, easing respiratory problems and is famous for easing the pain of a toothache.

Using Cloves For Health

Aromatic cloves can be used in baking and cooking. Use them sparingly, as their flavor can be overpowering. Try to use whole cloves as opposed to purchasing the dried ground cloves found at a typical grocery store. They will be less potent. Organic, whole cloves are best. In addition to cooking with cloves, you can also use them to make tea.

At Metabolic Research Center, we know that healthy foods have the power to heal. Using plants, spices, herbs and vegetables that are nutritious, organic and even medicinal can greatly enhance health and help to maintain weight.

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