Other than professional chefs, most cooks are challenged when it comes to adding spices in cooking and/or knowing which spice to use in various dishes. Obviously spices excite your taste buds. Spices (including herbs) can be categorized as aromatic, stimulating, or sweet. Aromatics are used in flavoring and include cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and anise. Stimulating condiments include pepper, mustard and horseradish; while certain herbs are considered sweet: thyme, marjoram, sage, and mint. Some will also categorize these as spices for your health: nutmeg, cumin, turmeric, ginger, as well as cinnamon.
Overall, the composition of these spices provides antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins as well as phyto-nutrients and essential oils. The fresher the spice/herbs, the greater health benefit; although dried spices are more commonly used.
Numerous Vitamins (A and C) are found in the multiplicity of spices as well as needed minerals, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, calcium, and iron that our bodies need. Spices also have antioxidant, anti-diabetic, antiseptic, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Why not enhance your culinary taste and your health by adding some spice to your life.
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