Herbs and spices are an excellent way to add flavor without the fat, salt of sugar. But more than making your food more enjoyable, spices can be considered a true nutrition powerhouse. In fact, herbs and spices have more disease-fighting antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables, and can speed up weight loss.
Cinnamon can help you control blood sugar levels, lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. There are many ways to use cinnamon. Try to add some in your coffee, your oatmeal or in your smoothies. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon contains the equivalent amount of antioxidant than half a cup of blueberries.
Could you believe that one teaspoon of ginger has similar antioxidant levvels as one cup of spinach? Ginger can also reduce nausea, and lower pain associated with arthritis. Try adding fresh ginger to your fruits, your smoothies or as an ingredient in Asian inspired dishes. Ginger also makes a wonderful tea.
Hot peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that shows both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Capsaicin may lower the risk of cancer. Use it to spice up hummus, guacamole, or even salad dressing.
Rosemary contains compounds that stop gene mutation that could lead to cancer. It also has interesting anti-inflammatory benefits. Include rosemary in marinades, tomato sauces, and for grilled vegetables.