- November 1st, 2014
WHAT IT IS: Saffron is an orange spice native to Greece or Southwest Asia and is derived from the flower of the saffron crocus—a member of the lily family. The dried stigmas are used in various cuisines and as a coloring agent, bringing a golden-yellow hue to both foods and textiles.
When I think of foods that contain cinnamon, carb-heavy favorites like gooey cinnamon rolls and fresh apple pie are often the first to come to mind.
- June 1st, 2013
Chili powder tastes great in chili or as a taco-style meat flavoring. Also try adding it to meat rubs.
Smoked paprika adds a deep brown color to bread-crumb casserole toppings, barbecue rubs, or to seasoning blends for sauteing or searing any proteins. Also adds a great smoky flavor to marinades.We are a sodium-overdosed people: here are five spices to use instead of salt
- November 1st, 2012
Cinnamon is all around us, especially when the air becomes chilled. We use it in our baked goods, in our hot chocolates, even on our children’s cereal. But did you know that cinnamon is the oldest spice known and one of the strongest antioxidants?
What is Cinnamon?Sugar and Spice, and Everything…Healthy?By Amy Vergin
- November 1st, 2010
Winter is on its way, and many of us spend November through February chilled to the bone, even indoors. Besides making you uncomfortable, low body temperature can leave you susceptible to infection and disease—and signal underlying health conditions.by Melaina Juntti
- December 1st, 2009
Feel guilty sipping eggnog or munching on gingersnaps? These holiday goodies may not be as bad as you think. Some of the most commonly used spices in traditional treats can reduce inflammation, lower your risk of heart disease, and more, says Sarah Krieger, RD, national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.By Celia Shatzman
- September 1st, 2008
There’s good reason to season: Doctors and dietitians agree that your spice rack can be just as essential as your medicine cabinet when it comes to preventing and treating disease. Research consistently shows that many spices and herbs have medicinal qualities and can help prevent everything from cancer to the common cold.By Vicky Uhland
- June 1st, 2008
Turns out you don’t have to eat five small meals a day to keep blood sugar levels stable: Research shows the polyphenol content in cinnamon actually mimics insulin and activates blood sugar regulator receptors. In a study, type-2 diabetics who took cinnamon powder capsules daily had 20 percent lower blood sugar than a control group.
- April 1st, 2008
“When you look at your spice rack, you’re looking at opportunities for better health,” says Glen Aukerman, MD, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center. Here’s how to add these healing spices to this week’s meals:
- March 1st, 2008
Move the black pepper aside. Cayenne’s got a lot more flavor—and does more for your health than you might imagine. Malcolm Taw, MD, assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, says research shows cayenne helps:
By Meghan Rabbitt