More people are starting to embrace spices – and we couldn’t be happier, since we do it everyday! Spices can add that much needed punch to ordinary meals and liven up your plate. Not only that, but so many of them can offer a wide-range of health benefits. Just remember – “spice” doesn’t necessarily mean “spicy”. This change is partially due to the fact that Canadians can now embrace so many different food choices from different cultures. It is no longer a meat n’ potatoes country – we’ve evolved! Not only that, but as our taste buds adapt we become curious about what’s in the food we eat and begin to educate ourselves. Learning about spices, and their benefits, has encouraged homes all over the nation to liven up their spice racks. Spices are starting to get supporting roles in both homemade and restaurant-prepared meals.
Here are a just a few benefits of introducing new spices to your palette:
- Combining spices can reduce, if not eliminate, the need for salt in most meals. This is helpful for those with high blood pressure. What’s great about this switch is that you don’t have to sacrifice flavour!
- Many spices contain disease-fighting antioxidants. Combining these with protein and vegetables and you have yourself a powerful, health-boosting meal.
- Dieters often turn to spices because certain ones, such as cinnamon and cayenne pepper, can burn fat. Coriander, celery seeds, and fennel also have properties that reduce bloating.
- With so many people who deal with stress in their lives, you can relax to know that spices such as nutmeg and chamomile can help calm those who mix it into certain recipes.
- If you’re feeling sick and want a natural remedy, turning to mint, ginger, and garlic is a great way to cure many common illnesses. Bonus: mixing honey and cinnamon together can help with everything from arthritis to colds to fatigue and bad gas!
We could all feel a little nicer when our lives are a little spicier!