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5 Spices That Add Health Benefits And Flavor

The culinary world would be bland if we didn’t add spice to foods for some extra flavor and flair. The plant compounds from which spices are derived have been linked to health benefits and healing. Let’s explore some spices and inspire some new flavor creations.

Cocoa

The antioxidants in cocoa have been found to improve one’s health and mental clarity. It pairs well with cinnamon, clove and vanilla, and complements well with recipes infused with orange, nuts and most desserts.

Garlic

This potent spice has been found to build immune health. It pairs well with most spices and was once used for medicinal purposes in Greece and Rome. This spice is commonly found in Italian cuisine, is wonderful in savory recipes and pairs well with basil, oregano and chili.

Lemongrass

This aromatic spice is popular in Thai and Asian food and goes well with ginger, cumin and garlic. Add it into your favorite stir-fries, veggies and marinades for a citrus essence.

Oregano

Found topping off pizzas and sprinkled in pasta, this spice—originally from Turkey—has been studied for its protection against infections and healing qualities. It is well paired with garlic, thyme and basil.

Turmeric

This spice is a staple in India. The yellow spice, popular for its anti-inflammatory properties, pairs well with cardamom, cinnamon and garlic. It can be used in curries, sauces and vegetables.