Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Simple Secret to Boosting the Nutritional Density of the Foods You Eat…

Did you realize that every time you flavor your meals with herbs or spices you are literally "upgrading" your food – nutritionally and therapeutically?

What’s more, you’re doing so without adding a single calorie.

You’re taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary by adding color, flavor, powerful nutrients and antioxidants, and yes, even proven medicinal properties.

These 20 herbs and spices will dramatically boost the nutritional density of the foods you eat, and thus magnify the benefits every meal you eat!

•rosemary and basil for their anti-inflammatory power

•cumin and sage for their dementia-fighting power

•cayenne and cinnamon for their obesity-fighting power

•coriander and cinnamon for their sugar regulating powers

•lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaves and saffron for their calming effects on your mood

•turmeric for its cancer fighting power

•oregano for its fungus-beating power

•garlic, mustard seed and chicory for their heart-pumping power

•basil and thyme for their skin-saving power

•turmeric, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, and ginger for their immune-boosting power

•coriander, rosemary, cayenne and allspice for their depression-busting power

Why add these herbs and spices?

They maximize nutrient density: Herbs and spices are packed with powerful concentrations of antioxidants, minerals and multivitamins. You only need to add a small amount of each herb or spice to add incredible taste to your food, and more importantly, to turn it into a nutrient-dense gift to your body!

They help create a more thermogenic diet: Because spices are nutrient dense, they are thermogenic, which means they naturally increase your metabolism. This is simply the easiest way in the world to help increase nutrient uptake and prevent weight gain!

They make you feel good: Don’t be surprised if you start noticing a distinct new outlook on life after you begin adding spices and herbs to your diet. Because of the added nutrient “punch” you’ll enjoy, your body and mind will inevitably respond favorably!

They have real medicinal properties: Study after study shows the benefits of distinct herbs and spices. For example, one 2003 trial of 60 people with type 2 diabetes reported that consuming as little as two teaspoons of cinnamon daily for six weeks reduced blood-glucose levels and improved blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, perhaps because insulin plays a key role in regulating fats in your body.

So learn to choose flavor over blandness every time, and try to incorporate these 20 specific herbs and spices into your diet as often as possible.

Not only will your food taste better, but its benefits to your body will be dramatically enhanced!

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