Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spice Up Your Food For Healthier Living

Sadly there seems to be a direct correlation between bland and healthy - the less taste it has, the better it is for you.  This off course becomes a major roadblock towards eating healthier.  After all, the reason that so much restaurant food is so loaded up with "bad stuff" is that they are focusing on taste not health, as that is what you are paying for and what will keep you coming back for more.  Thus, successful "losers" know to stay away from restaurant food - occasional is OK, but frequent is bad.
But who wants to eat boring stuff at home?  The trick is to start with the healthiest ingredients that you can, then enhance the flavor by adding in "extras" such as spices to turn the dish from dull to distinctive.  And when it comes to natural spices, you have plenty of stuff to choose from that is not only low (or no) calorie, but also may have other benefits such as well.  Here are some examples:
Cinnamon - This popular spice can help to stabilize blood sugar, which is excellent for those with type 2 diabetes.  In addition, if you balance blood sugar you control appetite so there are possible benefits for those seeking to eat less.  Cinnamon may also help to lower cholesterol levels, especially LDL.  There are even studies that suggest cinnamon can improve brain function and improve memory.   And finally cinnamon has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties similar to that of nutmeg.
Nutmeg - Being anti-bacterial, Nutmeg has several interesting benefits.  For one, it can reduce bad breath since it specifically attacks that type of bacteria.  Once it gets deeper into the body, that same benefit can wipe out some intestinal bacteria, which in turns decreases "flatulence".  Nutmeg can also help with insomnia as it causes some people to grow sleepy, so adding it too food or drinks consumed before bedtime can have beneficial slumber effects.
Cloves - When consumed in higher quantities, cloves can help reduce iron which may help with diarrhea, intestinal parasites, infections, thyroid problems, and lymphoma.  All this and low calories too.  Plus its one of the strongest antioxidants known to man.
Ginger - Ginger is so versatile in terms of flavoring and has plenty of excellent benefits such as reduction of motion sickness, heartburn, erectile dysfunction, morning sickness and menstrual cramps.  Plus it has been shown to help against the common cold.
This is just a small sample of the spices available for enhancing food and improving health. 
To learn more, visit this site where you can find an alphabetized list of spices and seasonings, with links to specific details about each.
Then head to the grocery store to spice up your life on a path to better health.


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