Even though people have become more aware of reading nutrition labels you may not be checking on important food label – your spices
One of the newest trends in health is about eating clean. This means different things to different people, but generally eating clean means avoiding foods that have been processed, have additives, and have added sugar. Many people try to follow these guidelines by eating whole foods and always checking the nutrition/ingredients label. One place they may not be look at though is their spices.
While this may seem silly, it is important to know what exactly you are putting in your body, especially if you are trying to follow a diet. Many spice blends have added sugars, artificial preservatives, or fillers. Buying non – organic spices means they most likely have pesticides. So while it may seem small spices can have a big impact on your health.
Spices are more than flavor enhancers as well. They add nutritional value and preserve freshness. Many spices are known for their health benefits: cayenne is known for curbing your appetite, turmeric is said to fight cancer cells, and cinnamon to fight inflammation. All of these properties can be lost though when spices are not produced and packaged organically, these properties are lost. This is why checking the label is so important.
If you are new to cooking and don’t know much about spices, try experimenting with them. Look for a store that sells spices in bulk so you can decide how much you want to buy. This is better than just buying a jar off the shelf because it allows you to sample and can save you money. The best way to try spices is just by trying a little at a time on the foods you already eat. If you are sautéing vegetables you can add any type of spice. Or if you are having a relatively bland dish, such as chicken, spices can really enhance the flavor. So don’t be afraid to give different spices a try.