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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Daily Fitness Tip: Spices = flavor - calories

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There are tons of reasons to use spices:
  • They taste good
  • It makes an otherwise boring dish something special
  • Helps you use less salt and fat
  • They are actually good for your health!

The last reason was a shock to me. I mean, how can oregano or cinnamon or cayenne pepper be good for your health? Let me give you an idea of what we are talking about.

Spices are...
  • Good antioxidants -- neutralizes destructive free radicals produced during cellular production. These "free radicals" have been thought to be one of the causes of  diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. 
  • Lower inflammation -- this inflammation causes tissue and organ damage, which may have a hand in obesity, infections, gum disease, toxins and autoimmune disease. 
  • Fight against aging
  • Help the immune system

These are just a few of the benefits that spices can have in your life!

Spices that I use frequently are:
  • Cinnamon -- fights obesity
  • Curry -- protects against brain damage
  • Oregano -- anti-inflamatory
  • Thyme -- anti-inflamatory
  • Rosemary -- good for the heart, also lowers the effects of carcinogenic compounds in grilled foods
  • Cayenne pepper -- curbs hunger
  • Red pepper flakes -- curbs hunger

There are quite a few articles and studies out there that say the same things. Read this article, which is also quite interesting, if you want to find out more information. Here are a couple other useful links:
  1. Top 10 reasons why they are vital to your health
  2. Some spices cut cancer risk
I use spices in everything! They are so easy to incorporate into your lifestyle. I add cinnamon and mint to my yogurt, my iced tea, or my cereal. I add oregano and thyme to my savory dishes--hot and cold. Everytime I go food shopping I look in the spice aisle and see what I can add to my collection.  Using spices allows me to use less salt and fat when cooking and my food still tastes delicious! 

Be adventurous!

If this helped you leave a comment and let me know how it goes!

I hope you enjoyed your Daily Fitness Tip and will add it to your Recipe for Health

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