Health Benefits of Eating Spices

The Health Benefits to Spicing up your Diet

Here at Packed Lunches Meal Prep we are not afraid to add a little (or sometimes, a lot) of spice – in fact, we’d say that seasoning is the most important feature of our dishes!
While common preconceptions to spicy food may evoke images of running noses and water eyes, there a plethora of health benefits which eating spicy food can have on our bodies.

In fact, modern scientific studies have confirmed the remarkable health benefits of many of our favourite spices.

Whether you’re a spice-sceptic or a seasoned expert, here’s a list of health benefits concerning our favourite and most-used spices in the Packed Lunches kitchen to kick-start your flavour journey.

1. Safflower
Safflower is a yellowy plant which can be used as both a spice and oil. It is a healthy source of fatty acids which help the body absorb vital vitamins. It has also been shown to improve blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetics, to lower cholesterol, fight inflammation and soothe dry skin!

Summary
– Source of healthy fatty acids
– Improves blood sugar levels
– Lower cholesterol
– Fights inflammation
– Soothes dry skin

Our meals containing Safflower: Chicken & Chorizo Paella

2. Cinnamon
Due to being very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde, cinnamon has powerful effects on health and metabolism. In some studies, cinnamon has even outranked “superfoods” like oregano in antioxidant activity, which protects your body from oxidative damage. Like Safflower, cinnamon also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease due to its beneficial effects on cholesterol and blood pressure.

Summary
– High antioxidant activity
– Anti-inflammatory
– Reduces risk of heart disease

Our meals containing Cinnamon: Greek Lamb / Tofu Medley

3. Turmeric

This well-loved ancient spice is a natural anti-inflammatory due to its high amount of curcumin, positively effecting people with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Turmeric also has anti-cancer effects, with the potential to reduce the spread of cancer and contribute to the death of cancerous cells. Growing evidence has even suggested that turmeric’s ingredient, curcumin, may help to protect the mind against both Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

Summary
– Anti-inflammatory
– Anti-cancer effects
– Brain food

Our meals containing Turmeric: Chicken / Tofu Curry

4. Ginger Root
– Pain relief
– Soothes digestive system
– Treats nausea and vomiting

5. Garlic
– Rich in Vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese
– Boosts immune system
– Improve blood pressure
– Beneficial effects on common causes of chronic disease

6. Garam Masala
– Stimulates digestion
– Stimulates metabolism
– Fights bloating and flatulence
– Fights bad breath

Health Benefits of Eating Spices

7. Cumin
– Associated with weight loss
– Lowers cholesterol
– Improvements for IBS patients
– Fights stress
– Improves memory

8. Chilli Powder
– Enhances cognitive function
– Relieves nasal congestion
– Promotes digestive health
– Anti-inflammatory

9. Nutmeg
– Antibacterial effects against potentially harmful bacteria
– Anti-inflammatory
– May help boost mood

For more information on our food seasonings and spices, check our current menu.

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