“Variety is the spice of life,” especially when we think in terms of nutrition. Before refrigeration, spices were used to mask food that didn’t smell or taste all that great. Through the regular use of spices, people soon realized that spices were far more than a plant-based preservative that had the ability to increase the flavor in meals—it also had medicinal uses, too. Spices have various health-boosting effects because they comprise powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds.
By cooking with spices, you will enhance the flavor in your meals in a healthy way. Spices also serve as a healthful substitute for sugar, salt, and fat. As a rule of thumb, choose organic spices because they don’t contain pesticides, artificial colors, and preservatives. To learn more about the following must-have spices and other wholesome foods like fruits, vegetables, probiotics, and whole grains, read my new book, The Gene Therapy Plan, which was published by Viking on April 21 and is available online or in stores.