5 Yummy Spices & Their Associated Health Benefits

5 Yummy Spices & Their Associated Health Benefits

If you’ve ever wondered what spices go together and what foods pair well with spices, you are not alone. Novices and experts alike pursue mastery of the kitchen, which includes using the right flavors. There are so many varieties, choices, and methods that chefs everywhere would be lost without their spice grinders.

Grinders are well-known for the aroma experience, making food more palatable and appetizing. 

The French were famous for their invention of the first grinders as early as 1842. They elevate food at the stove and the table before serving.

But the taste is not the only reason foods are enhanced by spices. The list of health benefits is impressive. 

Here are five everyday spices that will leave you feeling better.

Garlic 

It may sound like an old wives’ tale, but don’t you believe it. Chinese medicine has long used garlic to treat respiratory, flu, and digestive ailments, as it is known to battle parasite infections and abscesses. Circulation issues are also said to improve with the consumption of garlic - possible proof that natural remedies were around long before medicine.

Garlic contains vitamins C, B6, and manganese, is low in calories, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and is suitable for bone health, which are even more reasons to love it.

There is no limit to how professional and home cooks alike can add garlic to food. Fresh, stovetop, baked; it’s all “delicioso,” as the saying goes. Enter the FinaMill Spice Grinder, making it easier than ever to grind spices at the table.

To use garlic in the FinaMill, bake on low heat for a couple of hours until dry. If you can crush it, then it is ready. Let it cool, then grind it into your dish. 

Ginger

Hello, ginger - goodbye, germs! If you’ve ever had an upset stomach, then you are probably familiar with one of the most common remedies. Ginger is often given to those suffering from intestinal issues from seasickness to chemotherapy, and is one of the first liquids reintroduced after a 24-hour bug.

That alone is pretty remarkable, but ginger is such a warrior that it can curb cancer growth, lower blood sugar, pamper a painful period, and lower cholesterol.

The healing properties of ginger help fight bacteria such as e. Coli and oral periodontal bacteria. Arthritis symptoms are tamed by using ginger, as it reduces swelling and acts as an anti-inflammatory. 

People enjoy ginger in many forms; fresh, tea, baked, capsules, therapeutic pain patch, and candied. But are you aware that ginger can be ground fresh both at the stove and the table? 

Peel the ginger, then slice thinly. Either use a dehydrator or bake at around 135 degrees for 3-4 hours. Let cool and dry thoroughly. 

Applesauce, cookies, muffins, butternut squash, tea, peaches, scallion noodles, and even chicken soup - all are ways to add the yummy spiciness of ginger to your recipes. 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon toast. Need we say more? Cinnamon toast with warm butter sprinkled with fresh ground cinnamon and a dash of sugar or honey. Only one word adequately describes the aroma and flavor of the deliciousness of cinnamon - yum.

Cinnamon can also be sprinkled on peaches, apples, oatmeal, carrots, tea, hot chocolate, and coffee. People with diabetes know that cinnamon is effective in lowering blood sugar A1C levels and cholesterol. Health studies suggest the effectiveness of cinnamon in weight loss. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements are also bonuses.

Ready to make your taste buds explode? Add your cinnamon sticks directly to the spice grinder. Serve in hot as well as cold recipes, cooked or uncooked. Few flavors compare to cinnamon.

Turmeric

Asian and Indian cuisine often include turmeric. While it’s not typically used in baked goods, its vinegary taste lends itself well to mustard, mayonnaise, and different kinds of butter. 

But there are also many other uses for turmeric. People with arthritis can attest to its effectiveness in pain control due to its anti-inflammatory properties.  

In addition, those who struggle with heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease, and hay fever report relief from symptoms.

Turmeric has a long shelf-life when baked and dried at about 100 degrees for around two hours. Let it cool and dry before grinding.  

Add it to your favorite dishes: butternut squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and carrots. Whip out your Fina Mill and grind the turmeric. Add a bit of salt and pepper. 

Cayenne Pepper

The cayenne pepper is a cousin to other peppers, such as bell peppers and jalapenos. If you’re looking to turn up the heat, this is the spice for you. Cayenne contains capsaicin, which means it’s hot, and therein lie its health benefits. 

Cayenne is used to treat autoimmune deficiencies, such as psoriasis, and as a jumpstart to the metabolism. With its heat, is it any wonder why the calories run? It’s also said to decrease the appetite, which is good news for dieters.

Place dried peppers in the FinaMill Spice Grinder and grind to powder form. Make sure you don’t open the container until the dust settles.

Add to chilis, vegetable soup, chili sauce, omelets...let your imagination run wild.

With a plethora of spices available these days, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy the freshest version of your favorites. With the FinaMill, you can have a spicy life every day. Give us a call today. Won’t it be fun to get out of the same old grind?