Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices originate from plants, flowers, fruits, seeds, barks, leaves, and roots and they are usually sitting in your pantry and aren’t being used as much as they should be. Not only do they make food taste so much better, they are actually really good for us! Here are the top proven health benefits of herbs and why you should use them in your day to day meal prep!
1. They are full of Antioxidants
Herbs are full of phytochemicals which contain powerful antioxidant properties. Certain herbs and spices which have been derived from nutrient-dense plants are extremely high in antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants bind to free radicals in the body which assist in fighting them and potentially decrease your risk of certain chronic diseases and certain cancers! Some of the top Antioxidant containing herbs and spices are; Cinnamon, Clove, Turmeric, Ginger, Basil, Cumin, Clove, Oregano and Parsley. It’s definitely worth sprinkling some of these everyday herbs and spices onto your meals!
2. They are Anti-Microbial
This means that herbs and spices help to fight bacteria and harmful germs within your body. Herbs and spices contain high amounts of polyphenols which enables them to be anti-microbial. Some of the highest anti-microbial herbs include; Cinnamon, Oregano, Dill, Garlic and Olive Leaf.
3. They’re Low-Calorie
Obviously calories aren’t the only important thing to consider when you’re trying to eat healthier, however herbs and spices are incredibly low in calories. This means that although they are full of antioxidants and are so good for you, adding them to your dishes won’t impact the caloric count of your meal which makes them preferable to conventional sauces and dressings used for flavour. Therefore, if you are trying to eat a healthier and balanced diet, herbs will be your best bet in terms of adding flavour.