When you are cutting back of fats, sugars, and salt, food can taste pretty bland. It is time to head, no run, for the spice rack.

Why? There is more to spices than flavor.

Spices are low calorie. They are relatively inexpensive. Spices are full of natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

The Journal of Medicinal Foods notes that many spices have antioxidant phenol that makes them potent preventers of heart disease and premature aging. Here is their list: cloves, cinnamon, Jamaican allspice, apple pie spice, oregano, pumpkin pie spice, marjoram, sage, thyme and gourmet Italian spice.

Basil, oregano, and bay leaf make a nice combination. Basil and oregano are higher in antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. Oregano antioxidant activity is 30 times greater than potatoes, 12 time more than oranges, and 4 time more than blueberries. It is also a good anti fungus.

Dill weed or tarragon lends a wonderful flavor to salads and other dishes.

Do you like curries? Add some cumin, turmeric, and coriander to foods. Did you know that turmeric is great for anti cancer properties and is an immune booster. Cumin helps fight dementia. Coriander will help regulate sugar metabolism.

Garlic and onion add flavor and help the heart and blood pressure.

 Don’t forget mint, parsley and cilantro. Play in the fresh varieties whenever you can.

Spice up your food and spice up your life! Get healthy 1 healthy choice at a time. And while you are at it, grab your free 5 Tips for Successful Weight loss.

blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on healthy weight loss and other health issues facing Baby Boomer Women today.