The Best Herbs and Spices For Cooking and Wellness Part 1

Preparing your meals at home is one of the best things you can do to stay on track with any weight loss or maintenance program. When choosing seasonings for dishes, check the label to make sure that the product does not contain added sugar, starches or MSG. Adding herbs or spices to recipes is the simplest and most cost effective way to enhance flavor sans calories, sodium, cholesterol and fat. Studies have shown that spices may help prevent high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.

Basil
This fragrant leafy herb is a staple in Italian, Thai, Indian and other cuisines. Basil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties which can help the body ward off infections.

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Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper has a subtle, smoky heat. This spicy spice has been shown to be useful in relieving gas, upset stomachs and sore throats!

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Cinnamon

Perk up a bowl of oatmeal with a dusting of cinnamon to add sweetness without sugar. Derived from the bark of a tropical evergreen tree, cinnamon is a source of manganese, calcium, iron and fiber.

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Visit us tomorrow to learn the next three herbs and spices, including one of Dr. Everett’s favorites!

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