How Important Are Spices In Food?

Out of all the cuisines in the world, Indian cuisine is a great example of one that simply cannot exist without spices. The truth is that spices are vital for cooking. You simply cannot end up with rich taste or that aroma that you love for all the recipes you cook without spices. The flavors we love are basically because of the spices we add. It is as simple as that.

What is interesting is that people do not really know much about spices. The common focus is put on other things. We learn what knives to use to cut meat, how long to cook something and so on. When referring to spices we just add them, without knowing too much. We should know that most of the spices have great therapeutic health benefits. This can clearly be seen in the examples offered below.


Turmeric has been around for hundreds of years. It offers a yellow texture to food and is highly recommended by the Ayurvedic medics because of the natural healing properties available. It has been proven that turmeric will retain beta-carotene in various foods, just as an example.

The active ingredient you find in turmeric is curcumin. This is a really good antioxidant with strong anti-inflammatory effects. There are many studies that recently highlighted that turmeric can actually correct depression symptoms. Anti-inflammatory qualities are really good for people that suffer from Arthritis. There is no threat to body organs, as you can easily find with medication.


Cinnamon was initially really common in the above mentioned Indian cuisine but it is now used all around the world. We are faced with many interesting medical benefits. You use cinnamon because it can be really useful when you suffer from diabetes. Fasting blood glucose levels are lowered and cholesterol levels will also go down. Cinnamon includes antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. During ancient times it was not safe to store your food for a really long time frame since food can be spoiled. The recipes were flavored with cinnamon to make the food last longer.

Mustard Seeds

The culinary oil seeds are among the best that you can use in so many interesting dishes. Various health benefits are associated with mustard seeds. We have high magnesium content that can help to reduce migraine and you should really appreciate that tormenting pain can be reduced. By adding mustard seeds to your recipes you will love the health benefits you gain.


On the whole, spices are simply vital for your dishes. You will want to learn all that you can about all the options that are available. Remember the fact that you simply cannot overuse them though. It is very important to choose a great combination so that the health benefits are gained while making the food also taste great. After all, it is impossible to eat something that has that great taste in the event that you overdo it with the spices. A careful approach will bring in the benefits and the taste.

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