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Spices for a Healthier Life

Over the years the herbs and spices Victoria and I use to bring out the most flavor in our food …have evolved. Today we are choosing not just for flavor but for the health benefits as well.

From the National Library of Medicine:“Spices not only enhance the flavor, aroma, and color of food and beverages, but they can also protect from acute and chronic diseases. There is now ample evidence that spices and herbs possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumorigenic, anticarcinogenic, and glucose- and cholesterol-lowering activities as well as properties that affect cognition and mood.”

So I thought it would be fun (and hopefully useful) to share with you our top seasonings:

Oregano is at the top of the list. Used liberally in one or two of our meals every day. Oregano is rich in antioxidants and has at least 5 other evidence-based health benefits.

Fresh basil flavors our mid-day meal. Basil contains many vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin.

Our morning smoothie always contains a teaspoon each of crushed ginger root, cinnamon, cacao, and instant coffee.

We use dried rosemary, bay leaves, and thyme quite frequently as well.

How about you? Do you have a favorite herb or spice not on our list? Let me know. I’m open to trying new ones.

BTW, we don’t use the most popular seasons in the U. S. today, salt and pepper. Health wise, not much value.

Love to hear your views.

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