Veetee Blog UK: Amazing Health Benefits of 5 Popular Spices

31 January 2017

We’re passionate about using our Veetee rice in recipes from across the world. Most of those recipes use a variety of herbs and spices to create an authentic flavour. But spices aren’t just ideal for creating great-tasting food – they’re also packed with health benefits. The following article reveals the positive impact some of our favourite spices can have on your health.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a hugely versatile spice that is used in sweet and savoury dishes across the world. As well as offering a sweet, spicy flavour, it also has a number of health benefits. For starters, it’s extremely high in antioxidants, sharing the same properties as superfoods like berries and dark chocolate. Cinnamon is also thought to have an anti-diabetic effect, as it lowers blood sugar levels and can improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin.  

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate cinnamon into your diet, we recommend this Easy Chickpeasy Lamb Tagine, with its aromatic flavours of North Africa. Alternatively, you could start your day with a cinnamon kick in this Super Healthy Breakfast, using Wholegrain Brown Rice & Quinoa.

Cayenne Pepper

Perhaps the most well-known health benefit of cayenne pepper is its ability to increase body temperature and the amount of calories burned; it’s for this reason that the Cayenne Pepper diet has gained popularity in recent years. However, you needn’t go to drastic measures if you want to feel the effects – include the spice in a recipe, like our Baked Beef Enchiladas, for a spicy yet slimming kick.

Aside from aiding in a balanced diet, cayenne pepper is also great for people suffering from colds as it’s a powerful decongestant. Sprinkle a pinch on top of some hearty soup for instant relief; you could also try our Asian Chicken & Wholegrain Brown Rice Soup.

Ginger

Ginger is another versatile spice that can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, from curries to biscuits. You’ll find it in most Asian dishes, such as our Special Egg Fried Rice - but it’s not just one of the most beloved ingredients on modern cuisine, it’s also the go-to natural remedy for everyday ailments.

Like cayenne pepper, ginger is often used in the treatment of common colds – for best results, slice fresh ginger, lemon, and honey to make a cold-fighting tea. In addition, ginger is particularly well-known for its positive effects on the digestive system, and can even treat mild nausea. It’s a great staple-spice to have in your kitchen.

Turmeric

In its natural form, turmeric is a root that belongs to the ginger family – so it’s not surprising that it also has amazing health benefits. Like ginger, turmeric can have a positive impact of the digestive system, proven to tame heartburn and settle an upset stomach. Adding turmeric to your diet is also a good idea for those suffering with joint pain, as it has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties.

You’ll find turmeric in most curries, such as our Easy Beef Biriyani. However, you can also add it to plain basmati rice, sprinkle it on vegetables, or even add it to your morning smoothie!

Cumin

Cumin is used in a great deal of dishes across the world, both in whole and ground form. It offers a delicious aromatic flavour to curries, but it’s also packed full of surprising health benefits. As well as aiding digestion and lowering cholesterol, cumin is known to boost immunity - this is because the seeds contain iron, vitamin A and vitamin C.

If you like Mexican food, we recommend adding a teaspoon of cumin to our recipe for BBQ Rice Burritos, adding a subtle aromatic flavour. Alternatively, you could try our Coconut Chicken & Potato Curry, which combines cumin with cayenne pepper and turmeric – three super-healthy spices in one dish!

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