Some of the healthiest foods you’ll ever eat are in your spice rack! Here are 5 herbs and spices that’ll help you look and feel great. Let’s start with the herbs:
First: Oregano. Registered dietician Wendy Bazilian says that one teaspoon of oregano has as many antioxidants as 3 cups of spinach.
And this one’s a must for people who love to grill: Rosemary. Cooking meat at high temperatures produces cancer-causing compounds called HCAs. But a recent study found that marinating meat in a mixture made with rosemary reduces the formation of HCAs by more than 80 percent.
Now, let’s move on from herbs and look at spices:
Turmeric – which is one of the main ingredients in curry powder. Integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil says it has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Because it contains a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin.
Another spice that’ll help you look and feel great: Cinnamon. In fact, cinnamon is so effective at controlling blood sugar that eating just half a teaspoon a day significantly reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Finally: Nutmeg is good for your teeth. That’s because it contains an anti-bacterial compound that cuts plaque buildup in half.