If you think eating healthy is boring and tasteless, try adding some spices or herbs to your meals. They not only improve taste but also offer nutrients and health benefits, especially to prevent and manage lifestyle conditions like diabetes, hypertension and cancers. Here are a few of the most common ones in the market and their benefits.
Parsley: From the smell to the taste, this one stimulates appetite. You can use the leaves to make tea, or add it to your food. It also stimulates digestion.
Tumeric: It not only aids in digestion but it has also been shown to be a strong antioxidant, which prevents cancerous cells growth, not forgetting it makes your food look more appealing.
Rosemary: Wonderful tasting rosemary stimulates appetite and aids in digestion. Add it to your food, tea, soup or juice.
Ginger: Stimulates appetite, relieves diarrhoea, improves digestion and also treats common cold, flu and nausea. Garlic: A strong anti-oxidant with strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects. It also aids in digestion and enhances taste.
Coriander: Good for people with hypertension, it is a good source of potassium, other essential minerals and dietary fibre. It stimulates appetite, helps to lower bad cholesterol and reduces flatulence.
Cayenne: Though hot, it stimulates appetite and aids in digestion. It is also a good source of potassium. Further, it helps to lower blood cholesterol and is rich in Vitamins C, B and A. Cinnamon: Stimulates appetite, digestive juices, therefore, improving digestion, relieves nausea, cold and flu, and relieves diarrhoea.