Filed under: Nutrition
I am assuming that most of my readers are “fitness enthusiasts” for lack of a better term. Maybe you are also most interested in the nutrition part of things, makes sense again if you are reading my ramblings. Now how many of you attempt to make “healthy” recipes, only to find they taste boring and bland? I used to be there myself, it is not an uncommon part of the learning process. I am sure some of my college roommates can attest to seeing me eating plain chicken breast with some plain oatmeal and some crystal light, you know, for some flavor. I thought I was being so healthy, leading this spartan lifestyle. I was an idiot. I was missing out not only on the awesomeness of great tasting food, but on the incredible health benefits proper spices and herbs can offer.
Did you know that cinnamon, a great little spice actually has some research showing some pretty kickass health benefits. In a 2003 study on people with type 2 diabetes, taking in just 1/4-1 tsp daily of cinnamon resulted in reduced fasting blood glucose by 18 to 29%, triglycerides by 23 to 30%, LDL cholesterol by 7 to 27%, and total cholesterol by 12 to 26%. This is some pretty powerful stuff.
There is also turmeric. Now this is a tremendous spice. It has been shown to help prevent prostate cancer, and help current prostate cancer from spreading, it may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, can help prevent metasteses of several types of cancer, is an anti-inflammatory, natural pain killer and might aid in weight loss.
Now these are just two examples of some great spices that can not only add a tasty kick to your meals, but a great boost to your health. If you are interested in more information on healthy cooking and the making of great tasting foods, look no further than Gourmet Nutrition by Dr. John Berardi. This beautiful cookbook comes with over 120 gorgeously photographed recipes, with nutritional breakdown and the use of lots of great spices and herbs to really rev up your cooking. It is the perfect Christmas gift anyone who wants to improve their nutrition and body composition.
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