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Here are some of our favorite fall spices and the reasons you’ll want to savor them.

 

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Q: What are the best fall spices to include in fall fruits and vegetables?

Just as fall makes us start thinking of cool-weather fruits and vegetables like pumpkin, apples and yams, this season brings to mind certain spices with warming characteristics.  It’s not just warmth and comfort that many of these spices contribute to your meals, though.  Research has shown that spices can not only add flavor and reduce sodium but also deliver a number of health benefits.  Incorporating them can be as easy as adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to coffee or oatmeal, topping sliced fruit with nutmeg, ordering a turmeric-rich curry or enjoying a cup of warming ginger tea with your meal.

These are some of our favorite fall spices and the reasons you’ll want to savor them:

Cinnamon:

  • Contains powerful antioxidants
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Is known to regulate blood sugar levels

 
Nutmeg:

  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Is believed to help enhance concentration
  • Can help clear nasal congestion
  • Helps with bad breath

 
Tumeric: 

  • Helps prevent heart disease and lower LDL levels
  • Good for cancer prevention
  • May help prevent Alzheimer’s disease
  • May improve blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance
  • Improves digestion

 
Ginger :

  • Can reduce pain and inflammation
  • May help prevent the common cold
  • Helps overcoming nausea
  • Can improve absorption of essential nutrients in the body

 
Fall spices like these can make for a tempting choice at your favorite restaurants.  Look for Healthy Dining menu choices like these at restaurants near you to add some healthy spices to your diet.

 
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