We have been specialising in spices for years and have built up a wealth of knowledge from our travels, research and working with others. Spices have been used for centuries to add flavour and aroma to food, but they also offer a number of health benefits. Our focus to grind regularly for a really fresh spice is a key component to retaining the health benefits. Spices are packed with plant compounds that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. It is important to incorporate spices and herbs in your daily lifestyle.
Here are some tips on how to use spices for a healthier life:
- Use Spices in everyday meals: Even a small amount of spice can make a big difference in the flavour of your food. Our recipes offer loads of amazing ideas of simple, healthy meals. For instant, add spices to eggs, vegetables, meat and seafood or sweet spices to Porridge, yogurt and smoothies.
- Experiment with different spices and World flavour Spice Blends: There are many different spices available so don’t be afraid to try new ones. Some popular spices include cinnamon, cumin, ginger, cardamom, coriander and cloves.
- Use spices to make healthier versions of your favourite foods: For example, instead of frying chicken, try baking it and seasoning it with some of our spice blends such as Moroccan Ras El Hanout, Cajun, Jerk or Adobo Spices for great simple, healthy meals . Instead of using a store-bought salad dressings, make your own with olive oil, vinegar, and spices.
Here are some specific health benefits of popular spices:
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. It may also help to reduce cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
- Turmeric: Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer.
- Ginger: Ginger has been shown to be effective in relieving nausea and vomiting. It may also help to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Black pepper: Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that enhances the absorption of other nutrients, such as curcumin. Piperine may also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
When using spices for a healthier life, it is important to note that some spices can interact with medications. It is always best to talk to your doctor before taking large amounts of any spice.
Here are some tips for incorporating spices into your diet:
- Use as a Spice Blend – Combining all your favourite spices to create a unique blend that you can use on a variety of foods. We do this with our extensive knowledge, providing customers a really fresh, vibrant spice blend with a wealth of uses.
- Use spices in marinades and sauces – Marinades and sauces are a great way to add flavour and moisture to food. Try adding spices to your favorite marinade or sauce recipe.
- Add spices to drinks – Spices can also be added to drinks, such as smoothies, tea, and coffee. We have spice blends for all of the above.
We always advocate for customers to try a range of flavours and find what works for you, keeping things simple to increase health benefits with minimal effort when cooking.