According to conventional wisdom, Americans are becoming increasingly open to new tastes and spicier meal options. Now comes news that there may be reasons beyond added flavor for people to add an extra pinch of heat to their next meal.
According to the results of one new study published in the Journal of Nutrition, spices like turmeric, cinnamon, paprika and black pepper could all help to counteract the effects of high-fat meals. The key is in the high levels of antioxidants contained in the spices, which can help prevent illnesses like heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.
Another recent study at the University of Georgia found that sage, oregano, cinnamon and cloves can actually inhibit the tissue damage and inflammation caused by high levels of blood sugar.
Add to this the recent discovery that the oil in cilantro and coriander seeds is a powerful antibacterial agent (as well as a known remedy for nausea and digestive problems), capable of killing E. Coli, and it's looking like it might soon be difficult to tell the spice rack from the medicine cabinet!
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