If yall didn’t know from my instagram or facebook, I LOVE TO COOK. Whether its savory or sweet dish, I’ll cook it or bake it. Today I wanted write about health benefits of the common spices used in every South Asian cooking.
Aside from adding tons of flavors to any dish, spices are a low-calorie (usually zero-calorie) and have tons of health benefits. Even spices simple as salt and pepper can do a body good. So take a peek below and get ready to get spicy…
- Chili Powder
This bright red spice is often used more for warm, spicy flavor. Relieves achy joints. Research shows that capsaicin, found in chili peppers, has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help ease arthritic swelling and pain antioxidant properties can help prevent cancer. Plus, it has high levels of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and helps strengthen bones.
Cinnamon is one of my favorite healthy spices to add to almost every sweet treat such as apple pies or halwa. This spice can lower your blood sugar and your cholesterol. In fact, cinnamon was used in ancient Chinese medicine for its antioxidant properties. According to the Mayo Clinic, research suggest that cinnamon might help to regulate treatment for people with type 2 diabetes. The theory is that cinnamon increases insulin action. To reap these benefits, try to eat ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon twice a day with warm water and honey.
Turmeric has the spiciness of ginger without the sweetness. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, “has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses,” according to a review in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology.
Cumin has a strong flavor and smell, and it acts as a great replacement for salt. In the past, cumin was added to foods to aid in digestion and the absorption of nutrients. It has also been shown to have antibacterial qualities, and the levels of vitamin B can even help improve your sleep.
Cardamom, a spice usually found in Indian cuisine, has so many health benefits that it is seen in some cultures as a natural medicine for ulcers, digestive problems, and even depression. Eating this spice will help to detoxify your kidneys, bloating, gas, heartburn and loss of appetite—it can even treat bad breath and is commonly used as an after-meal breath freshener.
So foodies, now you know what your cooking with and what they are good for.