Great Health Tip of the Day: Spice it Up!

April 27, 2012

When you think about foods high in antioxidants, fresh fruits and veggies are probably the first to come to mind.  But did you know that some herbs and spices are also rich in antioxidants?  Below are some herbs and spices that rank highest in important antioxidants:

  • Oregano:  Studies have shown that oregano has the highest antioxidant capacity when compared with thyme, sage, rosemary, sweet basil, and mint.  Often used as a topping for pizza or pasta, oregano is also a great addition sandwiches, salads, and casseroles.
  • Ginger:  Ginger has historically been used as a remedy for motion sickness and gastrointestinal ailments, but research also suggests that it may protect tissues and organs from oxidative damage.  Add ground ginger to fruit smoothies and cereal for a kick, or try adding to stir-fried veggies for Asian flare.
  • Cinnamon:  A versatile and common spice, cinnamon makes a great addition to oatmeal, toast, coffee, and even quinoa.  Cinnamon can also increase the sense of sweetness of foods without increasing the sugar.  And some research suggests that cinnamon may potentially have a positive effect on blood glucose control!

Try including different spices in your meals instead of salt, sugar or added fat for a punch of flavor without added calories or sodium.

Source:  Today’s Dietitian, March 2012