What are Spices for Health?
When you hear the word ‘antioxidants’ or ‘super foods’, the foods that immediately come to mind are often fruits such as blueberries, cranberries and goji berries. But what about cinnamon, or other spices? Interestingly, researchers have discovered that certain spices pack a powerful punch when it comes to their antioxidant properties. For instance, just ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon provides important antioxidants, which fight free radicals in our bodies, helping to keep us healthy.
Not only do antioxidants help slow down the aging process, they also help protect our bodies from oxidative damage that could effectively increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic disease. Other studies suggest spices may help curb hunger and boost metabolism – which might make it easier to manage weight. So it makes good nutritional sense for you and your family to combine ‘super’ foods like raspberries, broccoli and salmon with the McCORMICK 7 Super Spices.
So what are these 7 super spices? A published database by the US Department of Agriculture shows that the following 7 Super Spices are naturally rich in antioxidants. These include: Cinnamon, Ginger, Oregano, Paprika, Rosemary, Thyme and Turmeric. To help you enjoy the taste and antioxidant health benefits of these 7 Super Spices, we’ve put together a batch of resources to help you get started.
Browse our ‘Ask the Expert’ videos, learn more about the 7 Super Spices, or experiment with our delicious collection of new recipes designed to deliver at least ½ a teaspoon of antioxidant-rich spices per serving. McCORMICK is also proud to sponsor the McCORMICK Science Institute (MSI), an independent research organisation set up to advance the scientific study of culinary herb and spice health benefits. Stop by at the McCORMICK Science Institute website and stay informed on how herbs and spices might best be used to improve your family’s overall health and wellbeing.