Herbs & Spices
First, what’s the difference between an herb and a spice? It’s mostly a question of source. Herbs typically come from the leaves of plants, while spices come from the bark, stem, seeds, rhizomes, and roots.
Our pantries may hold just what we’re looking for—the preventative protection offered by whole foods. Phytochemicals (plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties) have been a tremendous benefit in developing commercially available medications to treat diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) researched over three dozen herbs and concluded that the three types of oregano (Mexican, Italian, and Greek) topped the list in terms of antioxidants. Dill, thyme, and rosemary were next in line.
- When it comes to spices, turmeric (an ingredient in curry powder), paprika, and cinnamon have some of the highest amounts of antioxidants.
Check back…recipes using oregano and turmeric to follow…