Why? Here are three awesome reasons to include herbs and spices in your foods.
1. They improve the flavor and taste of food without adding hidden or unhealthy excess calories. No matter what kind of diet you might be on, most, if not all, herbs will fit right into your diet plan. No matter what kind of diet you are on (low carb, high protein, etc) herbs can help you boost your results and make your taste buds happy as well.
2. Herbs and spices teem overflow with stuff that are good for you - vitamins, minerals, all sorts of health-giving phytochemicals etc. These are best found in their natural form rather than in their chemically produced and often ineffective artificial forms found in many multi-vitamins or mineral supplements.
3. In general, they make everything taste so much better without adding evil stuff to what you put into your mouth - artificial colors, chemical preservatives, trans fats, whatever. Well, that is assuming your herbs were not grown close enough to the freeway to absorb tonnes of toxic metals and the like, or on a commercial farm that uses pesticides and fertilizers the way some bodybuilders use steroids. Consider going organic for herbs because there is a large variance in the quality of herbs and the amount of active ingredients they contain, so herbs are one of those things where cheaper is not better. Here are some very brief examples of certain benefits that recent research has been suggesting:
Cardamom - stimulate bile flow for liver health and fat metabolism, reduces flatulence, contains limonene that boosts the body's production of an enzyme with antioxidant properties.
Cinnamon - helps reduce blood sugar and "bad" cholesterol
Cloves - 1 tablespoonful contains the RDA of manganese for women. Also contains potassium, calcium and phytosterols in significant proportions.
Cumin - has antimicrobial properties, good source of iron, helps reduce heartburn and improves digestion
Garlic - lowers cholesterol and prevents blood clots, current research suggest strongly that garlic has anti-cancer properties, helps in weight control
Ginger - anti-inflammatory, research suggests it lowers cholesterol
Mustard seeds - contains isothicyanates which are believed to play important roles in cancer suppression
Oregano - has even higher antioxidant properties than the famous blueberry! Oregano oil has been shown to kill parasites in the digestive system and inhibit growth of microbes. Also contains antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic compounds
Parsley - freshens the breath
Tumeric - anti-inflammatory, possible benefits for Alzheimer's, cancers, digestive disorders and insulin regulation.
So incorporate herbs and spices into your diet, as much as you can, as often as you can, in every creative way possible! You'll not just get all those health benefits, but you'll also enjoy your diet more, so it'll be easy to stay with your healthy lifestyle. That means you'll surely get those fat burning, fat loss results that you want!
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