One of the biggest benefits of cooking with spices, preferably freshly ground, is that they offer delectable flavors without adding fat, cholesterol, sugar or sodium. The calories of spices is minuscule, and some even add an unexpected amount of dietary fiber to your food. Using freshly ground spices in your cooking is an easy way of making healthier dishes and adding flavors that cannot be found in other non-natural and processed ingredients.
Which Spices are the Healthiest?
Each spice has a unique set of health benefits to offer, but one study,
published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods, found a direct correlation between the antioxidant phenol content of many extracts of spices and herbs, and their ability to inhibit glycation and the formation of AGE compounds, making them potent preventers of heart disease and premature aging.
According to this study, the top 10 most potent herbs and spices are:
Jamaican allspice (ground)
Apple pie spice (mixture)
Pumpkin pie spice (mixture)
Black, Cayenne & Chili Pepper