You know that herbs and spices make food taste great. Use them to flavor foods without added salt, sugar, and fat. Using herbs and spices allows you to meet today’s dietary guidelines. This gives you more reason to season and spice up your taste buds and health.
Emerging evidence suggests that herbs and spices have phyto-nutrients that may actually help to maintain health and prevent diseases. Spices and herbs are derived from plants. They contain the same properties of fruits and vegetables. They are rich in antioxidants levels comparable to fruits and vegetables and are included in many of today’s popular “super foods.”
Look carefully and note that ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon contains as many antioxidants as ½ cup of raspberries, or strawberries, or ½ cup of pomegranate juice. The USDA Database includes the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of the antioxidants levels of certain herbs and spices. When spices and herbs are dried they become more concentrated sources of natural antioxidants.
Antioxidants are extraordinary powerhouses in our bodies. Studies suggest they provide a range of benefits, including supporting the immune system. They may also play a role in reducing inflammation, which is increasingly recognized as a first step in many chronic diseases.
Serving Size ORAC
Cinnamon, ground 1 tsp 6956
Pomegranate juice 8 oz 5853
Blueberries ½ cup 4843
Cranberries ½ cup 4792
Oregano, dried 1 tsp 3602
Milk Chocolate 1 bar 3595
Turmeric, ground 1 tsp 3504
Cinnamon, ground ½ tsp 3478
Raspberries ½ cup 3002
Strawberries ½ cup chopped 2969
Sweet cherries ½ cup 2322
Oregano, dried ½ tsp 1801
Turmeric, ground ½ tsp 1752
Asparagus ½ cup chopped 1441
Almonds 1 oz 1263
Red cabbage ½ cup chopped 1002
Curry powder 1 tsp 970
Red Grapes ½ cup 951
Kiwifruit 1 medium 670
Green pepper ½ cup chopped 688
Broccoli ½ cup chopped 620
Sweet red pepper ½ cup chopped 589
Ginger, ground 1tsp 519
Curry powder ½ tsp 485
Spinach 1 cup 455
Thyme 1 tsp 407
Carrots 1 medium 406
Eggplant ½ cup chopped 383
Paprika 1 tsp 376
Rosemary 1 tsp 364
Ginger, ground ½ tsp 259
Tomatoes ½ cup chopped 330
Cantaloupe ½ cup chopped 250
Thyme ½ tsp 204
Paprika ½ tsp 188
Rosemary ½ tsp 182
Watermelon ½ cup cubed 108


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