Spicing Things Up..For Health


(WDIV) A recent study by Ball State University looked at Midwest attitudes toward spices. 

Researchers found half of those surveyed are open to using more ethnic spices and are interested in the potential health benefits of doing so.

“Different spices can have different health benefits,” says nutrionist Stacy Goldberg. “They have antioxidant effects to help prevent diseases such as cancers. They have antimicrobial activity, so we can inhibit bacterial growth. They have anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce inflammation, especially for people who are athletes or have arthritis.”

The study found most adults in the Midwest already use black pepper and garlic the most. Garlic contains a heart-healthy compound and may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells. It’s easy to toss into a sauce, stir-fry or add to other main dishes.

If sweets are your downfall, Goldberg says consider trying cinnamon or ginger.

“If you’re trying to get off sugar, I think cinnamon and ginger are two of the best that you can incorporate into your diet because they naturally sweeten your food,” Goldberg she advises.

Cinnamon has multiple benefits, including blood sugar benefits. Ginger can aid in digestion.

“Maybe you start by just getting used to the taste of ginger in a bar that’s infused with ginger, just to kind of get used to it,” Goldberg suggests.

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