In every culture, spices are used in their cuisine. In India, cardamom and cumin are widely used. In Italy, they love basil and oregano. In Mexico, cilantro, garlic, and chili are used in more than half of their cuisine. In Thailand, there’s sweet basil and lemongrass.
Herbs and spices are very crucial if you want to step up your game in cooking. Not only do they enhance the taste, but most spices also have additional health benefits that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Cooking with herbs and spices is a form of art that’s translated to health. Knowing which ones to add to your daily meal is good for you.
This spice has an acquired taste that not everyone loves. However, I think it adds a very clean and refreshing flavor to the mix. It’s amazing in soups, casseroles, smoothies, salad dressings and even in stir-fries. If you want, you can even make your very own homemade ginger ale.
Ginger is considered a medicinal root. Gingerol is a bioactive compound in ginger that has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It also helps aid in morning sickness, colic, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, nausea and loss of appetite. If you’re suffering from menstrual cramps, migraines, and osteoarthritis, ginger can also help in alleviating the pain. Healthy, right?
I love how garlic makes any savory dish delicious. It can be minced, chopped, blended, powdered or even be eaten in cloves– just grill it! These aren’t your average defense to vampires, but also to fight off certain cancers.
Garlic is very nutritious but very low in calories, which is a good thing. It’s very rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese.
The benefits don’t stop there because it can even reduce the severity of common colds and flu. When you take high doses of garlic, it can even improve your blood pressure and avoid hypertension. Personally, I love garlic because it’s healthy and it really adds a nice flavor to a lot of food.
Basil is another powerful antioxidant. It has a lot of polyphenolic flavonoids which shields our body’s structure from free radicals. It’s a good source of magnesium, vitamin A and has anti-inflammatory that works as well as aspirin and ibuprofen. This can be your new headache medication!
If you have asthma and arthritis, eating this regularly may reduce the symptoms. There’s no harm in trying, since adding basil to your meals is as easy as adding salt to taste.
I really enjoy basil even in something as simple as a sandwich and very basic salads. It adds a unique fresh taste that I really love.
Fun fact: Basil isn’t just for food purposes. It’s oil can be extracted and made into an essential oil that can be used to treat wounds, cuts and skin infections. It is also said that it’s shown to be effective in fighting acne.
It’s easy to keep your health in check just by making sure that you maximize and optimize the food that you eat. Take note that every drop or portion that you consume, whether it’s whole foods or herbs and spices, you have to be aware of the nutritional value or the lack of health benefits that you’re getting.
The key to eating healthy is consciously eating what you need.