Whenever you cook any dish, chances are you always reach for salt and pepper to flavor your food, so it will not turn out bland and boring. But have you ever considered adding a variety of herbs and spices to your meals?
Anyone who loves to cook knows the importance of having a wide array of herbs and spices in the kitchen. Not only do they add texture and color to foods, but they also bring about different flavors that will surely complement and uplift any dish. Herbs and spices give that extra “oomph” to your meals – allowing you to savor and enjoy every bite.
What’s the Difference Between Herbs and Spices?
At first, you may think that herbs and spices are similar. But there are actually hallmark characteristics that set these two apart – mainly, from which part of the plant they come from.
Herbs are derived from the leafy and green parts of a plant, such as its leaves. Some examples include basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, mint, and parley. On the other hand, spices are acquired from the other parts of the plant – the roots, stems, bark, seeds and bulb. They are also usually dried before they are used as a seasoning.
Herbs and Spices Actually Pack a Nutritional Punch
Did you know that every time you season your food liberally with fresh herbs and spices, you’re actually doubling (or even tripling) the medicinal value of your meal? This is because these wholesome ingredients are some of the most potent antioxidants today. On a per-gram fresh weight basis, herbs like oregano actually outrank other fruits and vegetables in terms of antioxidant activity.
Many studies have also demonstrated the potential healing power of spices and herbs, and their benefits against various illnesses. They have also been implicated as tools to help ward off inflammation and promote weight management. What’s more, they have a low-calorie content and are relatively inexpensive – especially if you grow them at home!
Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Herbs and Spices
Dr. Mercola's Herbs and Spices List is a useful directory that gives you vital information about some of the most popular herbs and spices today. Discover more about their time-tested health and healing properties, tips in growing them at home and even how to integrate them into your favorite recipes.
Read these articles, and you will surely agree that having a well-stocked spice cabinet at home is a boon to your health!
Dr. Joseph Mercola is an osteopathic physician who first opened his practice outside Chicago, Illinois, in 1986, and has treated over 20,000 patients. In 1997, he established Mercola.com, now the #1 Natural Health site, where he continues to provide useful health and medical resources.
Dr. Mercola has authored three New York Times Bestsellers, The Great Bird Flu Hoax, No-Grain Diet, and Effortless Healing. He has also been featured in numerous publications and TV programs, like TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, ABC News, Fox News, and the Dr. Oz Show.