Keeping these spices handy in your spice rack not only improves the taste of your meals, but they keep you healthy, too. Find out which ones have health benefits like lowering cholesterol and preventing cancer!
1. Dried Red Pepper
What it does: The compound capsaicin puts the heat in chilies. It may lower the risk of skin and colon cancers; studies show it also helps people eat fewer calories.
Try it: On pizza or in pasta2. Nutmeg
What it does: Nutmeg contains antibacterial compounds that may help fight listeria, E. coli, and salmonella, according to research.
Try it: In soups or chicken dishes or on sweet potatoes3. Cumin
What it does: Cumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that may help stop tumor growth.
Try it: In tacos, or use it as a rub on meats4. Turmeric
What it does: Turmeric contains an active component called curcumin, which may stop cancer from spreading and help prevent type 2 diabetes.
Try it: In soups, stews, or curry dishes5. Cinnamon
What it does: Just 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon daily lowers blood sugar, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes.
Try it: Sprinkled on oatmeal or applesauce6. Sage
What it does: This spice can help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and generally reduce your risk of heart disease.
Try it: By dipping a whole-grain roll in olive oil instead of butter. Then add a sprinkle of sage and black pepper.7. Rosemary
What it does: Rosemary stops gene mutations that could lead to cancer and may help prevent damage to the blood vessels that raise heart attack risk.
Try it: On chicken with a little thyme
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