herbs and spices health benefits

Improve Your Health with these Healing Herbs & Spices

Not only do herbs and spices improve the taste of our food, they also provide a range of nutrients and health benefits. Some spices are known to boost metabolism, improve insulin sensitivity and improve digestion, among other benefits. Many herbs and spices also contain more disease-fighting antioxidants per gram than fruits and vegetables. The following are some common herbs and spices, their health promoting benefits, and how to incorporate them into your diet:
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Spiced Tomato Chickpea Stew GF VG

Spiced Chickpea & Tomato Stew (vg/gf)

I love incorporating cooked tomato into my diet regularly. Tomato, along with olive oil is a big staple in the Mediterranean diet. And perhaps a big part in why its found to be one of the healthiest diets around the world!

Consuming tomatoes has been long linked to reducing the risk of some cancers and heart health due to it’s high antioxidant levels. It is found to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. Cooking tomato in olive oil was found to increase lycopene absorption by 55%. Lycopene is a carotenoid (one of many antioxidants) in tomatoes thatΒ was found to have aΒ number of important health benefits. Lycopene was found to improve bone health by reducing oxidative stress on bones.

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