Spice up your life

We know spices are pretty good for us.  Spices have the highest concentration of polyphenols (we did another blog about polphenols, you can read it here: https://www.schkinnymaninny.com.au/blogs/news/polywhat-what-and-where-are-polyphenols)

Polyphenols are vital to include in your diet and the top 100 foods richest in polyphenols are all spices!  Things like oregano, rosemary, cinnamon, and cloves all have high ORAC  per 100g.  ORAC is the oxygen radical absorption capacity which is the estimate of the foods antioxidant ability.  A higher ORAC means a higher antioxidant level.  The benefits of eating more of these polyphenols include lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, improving arterial flexibility and improved life span. 

Another one to consider adding to your diet each day is chilli.  It conatians up to seven times the vitamin C of oranges, as well as being a good source of vitamin A, E, beta-carotene and folic acid.  Its not only rich in polyphenols, adding to your diet each day may have an unexpected happy side effect: weight loss.  A study in China looked at over 12000 participants across a 20 year time span and measured obesity/overweightness against chilli consumption with every meal per day (3 per day).  The results concluded that chilli consumption is inversely related to become obese/overweight.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28360431

 

That is, more chilli, less weight!  Love that connection.  My favourite spicy chilli dish is Laksa.  It is so easy, can be made with loads of vegetables and is topped off with yummy coconut milk.  The important to remember if you do plan on increasing your polyphenol consumption, they are metabolised quickly, so you need to eat/drink them EVERYDAY to get the benefits.


Catherine Craig
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