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Herbs / Spices

Nutritional characteristics
Herbs are considered as a medication supplement, as contain anti-oxidants, essential oils, vitamins and an anti-spasmodic effect, anti-inflammatory factors.  These factors will help our body to fight infection and lower inflammatory reaction like osteoarthritis and ulcerative colitis.  They were found to lower blood sugar level in diabetes.  It also lowers the cholesterol level, blood pressure, coronary diseases.  Herbs boost our immunity and fight certain cancers like prostate, pancreas, etc. Herbs where also found to delay the onset of Alzheimer. For digestion they can help in bowel.
Spices are used since ancient times as anti-inflammatory as sore throat, and bronchitis, anti-flatulent factors.  They also help lower incidence of strokes, and artery diseases as they do have anti-clotting factors. Spices help digestion by promoting digestive enzymes to be released. Spices are also used to as pain colors like menstrual pains. Finally contain potassium and magnesium, manganese and iron.
Because spices usually have strong flavors and are used in small quantities, the energy input is low even though many spices, especially those made from seeds, contain high portions of fat, protein, and carbohydrate by weight. Many spices, however, can contribute significant portions of micronutrients to the diet. For example, a teaspoon of paprika contains 20% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A. Furthermore spices help giving a better taste to food to help using less salt in preparing a tasty meal.

Recommended intake: daily in every meal

Serving size: according to use but preferable 1 tsp and less salt use.

Main food products

Herbs

         
     Basil herb


      Celery

        
     Chives

    
Cilantro (coriander)

      
    Dill weed   

    
        Garlic

     
      Ginger

    
  
   Lemongrass

     
    Oregano

    
     Parsley

    
   Peppermint

      
  Rosemary herb

    
     Sage

   
     Savory

       
   Spearmint

     
     Stevia

       
   Thyme herb

       
     Turmeric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spices

      
     Allspice

       
    Anise seed

    
     Bay leaf 

       
   Black pepper

       
       Capers

          
     Caraway

        
    Cardamom

       
      Cloves

           
  Cayenne pepper

          
   Chili peppers  

        
      Cinnamon

           
        Cumin

          
  Coriander seeds

      
    Fennel seeds

        
  Fenugreek seeds

          
  Jalapeno peppers

       
     Nutmeg      

          
       Saffron

           
      Tamarind

 

Seasonality: n/a

Publish date 16/10/2013 10:30
Last updated 14/04/2014 17:26