They make your food taste good but that is not their only virtue. Fresh herbs and spices are a healthy complement to any diet. They can help keep your internal system functioning at peak performance.
Our Grandmothers knew best.
Before there were medicines like we have today, people lived off the land for their healing. Wise women and men in the community used their knowledge of herbs to aid in making medicinal preparations for those who were sick. It was not uncommon to see a poultice or a salve in a home. The mortar and pestle were common tools of the trade in healing.
Nowadays we have pills and capsules, but they were based on the long ago teaching of herbs.The pills often contain chemicals that make they unhealthy to take for long periods of time. Even if you don’t use herbs and some spices for your health care you can use them to keep your body healthy through a balanced diet. You eat them for the taste, but learning about the added health benefits of what you are sprinkling on your dinner is an added bonus.
If you ask anyone, the most common “spices” on any table are salt and pepper. Our food can be doing so much better. There is an entire world of tastes, smells and textures just waiting for you to explore. Fresh herbs and spices are abundant at your local farmer’s market and you can purchase a potted herb: rosemary, marjoram, thyme, oregano, dill, basil, lemon balm – and the list goes on. Just a few simple steps and you can have fresh herbs to use whenever you need them.
What can these herbs and spices do for me, you might ask? For one, the addition of herbs and spices to your meals, to replace some of the salt, can help keep your blood pressure under control. Too much salt or sodium intake can lead to bloating and high blood pressure in those that are already susceptible. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, salt is often not on the menu anymore anyway. Other spices can liven up your food and make you less likely to sneak a shake of that salt.
Many herbs have cancer fighting properties, meaning that they can lower your cancer risk or slow down the growth of cancerous tumors. Others can lower triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the blood which can lead to the onset of Type 2 diabetes. They also play a role in lowering blood sugar which is great for those who are dealing with a diabetic condition.
Spices are found on the list of healthy foods. You can use dried, but freshly grated spices look and taste much better. Among their health attributes: inhibiting growth of cancer cells, increasing metabolism, reducing inflammatory response in the body, decrease arthritis pain, stopping nausea and providing essential nutrients to the diet.
If you aren’t taking advantage of fresh herbs and spices, your diet and your health are missing out. This weekend, May 10,11, and 12, 2013, my kindle book Herbs In The Kitchen is FREE at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/The Herb Book
Next weekend, May 17, 18 and 19, 2013 my new book Spices In The Kitchen will be FREE to download at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/Spices In The Kitchen.
These books contain information on herbs and spices as well as some recipes to introduce you to the ones you have not been using. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did when I was testing the recipes for each book.
Please tell your friends so that they can grab a free copy of these books over the next two weekends .
Eat Healthy, Laugh Often and Enjoy Life~