Spice & Health

People didn’t have antibiotics and cough suppressants; they had turmeric, cayenne and cumin. In fact, many of our pharmaceuticals today are modeled after the healing properties of plants, herbs and spices.

Prices may have gone down since the days of spice traders’ legends, but that doesn’t mean spices aren’t a valuable part of a healthful diet. Many spices aid in digestion and nutrient absorption when paired with beans, dairy and meats, and spices continue to add pleasing flavors to chicken and rice.

Spices are virtually effortless to have on hand and to use. They need very little space in the kitchen. Ground spices don’t require chopping or preparing; just a simple shake or spoonful will do.