When it comes to teatime, many of us do our best to make sure the foods we eat are good for us. What we seem to concentrate on less, however, is the seasoning that we add. Believe it or not, those little additions we make as we’re preparing food really make an impact on our health. But which seasonings are good for us and which ones should we cut down on?
As you probably know, salt is high in sodium–in fact its chemical compound name is sodium chloride! Now, we do need a small amount of sodium as it helps to transport water around the body and stop us from overheating. However, too much sodium increases blood pressure significantly and also pulls extra fluid from the blood. This means that our bodies retain more water, making us bloated and heavy!
Turmeric is a herb commonly found in curries because of its peppery taste. No only is it an anti-inflammatory, making it a great seasoning for sufferers of arthritis and asthma, but studies show that it may actually help improve the memory. As a short-term bonus, spicy foods of all kinds make you less hungry, meaning you’ll eat less when all’s said and done.
Thyme, Sage & Rosemary
These herbs (along with a whole variety of others) are staples of many shelves and cupboards around the country. Great for a variety of applications such as soups and casseroles, they give much needed flavour to almost anything, but without adding any additional fat, calories or sodium.
Garlic is a really strong, recognisable flavour, but it also has loads of positive effects! Your immune system loves it since it helps to fight off infection, lowers cholesterol and it’s great for the heart as well! So stock up on that garlic–it does wonders!