Cooking with Herbs: More Flavor Could Mean Better Health
Down through the ages, maintaining good health and has been intertwined: herbal remedies were the first medicines, the original food preservatives, and they added their unique flavors to foods.
These aromatic and flavorful plants are still with us, and even though they are not as crucial to survival, they are quite helpful, and they certainly make food more fun!
Out with the old, and in with the…
Modern food storage and preserving techniques and pharmaceutical (chemical) medicines have pushed historical herb uses aside. But as Westerners are beginning to take more responsibility for their well-being, prevention becomes a desirable first defense.
Culinary herbs are easily added as dietary and lifestyle changes are made.
Even when taken as an herbal nutrition supplement (a much more potent method), plant-based medicines do not work anywhere nearly as fast as drugs.
AND– they are also easier on the system.
Offering a much milder action, cooking with herbs or using them as supplements will work gradually for a beneficial effect, usually over weeks and months.
If you can buy, or even better, [easyazon_link asin=”B000FI4O90″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”realfoodsmake-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”yes”]grow herbs[/easyazon_link] yourself, that’s the preferred option. But dried herbs can also make your meal delightful, and most of the therapeutic properties will be intact.
Health food stores and farmers’ markets are likely to have good selections, and the produce sections of big city supermarkets offer a treasure trove of varieties.
Check out the “ethnic” sections
Every culture has its own herbal remedies integrated into its traditional diet. What you believe to be a distinctive ethnic flavor has usually evolved because of some specific health need.
There are immune system boosters, digestive aids, anti-inflammatories, and even parasite infection is avoided (or cured) through the use of condiments.
- Oregano in Italian and [easyazon_link asin=”1500505714″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”realfoodsmake-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”yes”]Greek food[/easyazon_link]
- Wasabe and pickled ginger with sushi
- Chiles (hot peppers) in Thai, Vietnamese, and Mexican cuisine
- Curry from India
These are ALL ingredients that can be beneficial to your health.
What a bonus that cooking with herbs offers such a wide variety of flavor experiences!
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