Herbs and Spices Do More than Just Add Flavor



Eliminating sugar and cutting back on salt will help you lose weight; unfortunately, both sugar and salt add a lot of flavor to food and removing them can make it hard to enjoy a tasty meal or snack. Commercial companies are aware of this fact and they add a host of unhealthy ingredients to mask the loss of flavor. However, you can accomplish the same goal in a healthy manner by replacing sugar and salt with natural herbs and spices.

There is a host of great spices to pick from. Rosemary, mint, oregano and basil are ideal for Italian dishes while turmeric, cumin and cinnamon are spices of choice for Indian meals. Pepper is great for those who love spicy food and garlic and onions can be added to just about any cuisine.

Spices not only make food taste good but also provide great nutritional benefits. Garlic, for instance, can combat the common cold, reduce blood pressure levels and lower the risk of heart disease. Cinnamon improves your insulin response, kills e-coli bacteria and has anti-inflammatory compounds. Turmeric improves brain function and can prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s. Oregano combats fungus while basil and thyme are known to be good for your skin.

Spices aren't just something nice to add to a dish to give it flavor. They contain a host of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and other nutrients you need to stay healthy and lose weight. Be sure to use at least a couple spices with each meal in order to gain the many health benefits they have to offer. If you aren't sure which spices go with which meals or snacks, look up simple recipes or even experiment a bit to discover how to best use these healthy additives to create tasty yet healthy dishes.



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