Healthy herbs and spices are a great addition to almost any recipe. They add the flavors we love and bring new tastes to our experience.
The added benefit is that they are good for us too. From anti oxident properties to digestive aids to heart health benefits, herbs and spices bring real bonuses to your healthy diet.
How do you tell what is a herb vs a spice? Here is what wikipedia.com says:
“In general use, herbs are any plants used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs as referring to the leafy green parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), from a “spice”, a product from another part of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits.”1
About.com says: “The word herb denotes something green, whether the leaves or stems of some sort of plant. The word spice indicates any other item, including roots, bark, seeds and so on, but specifically in the dried form.”2
You will find a growing list of links to information on the health benefits of spices and herbs here. Just click on that one(s) you are interested in for lots of information on the herb or spice, where it’s from, why it’s good for you and how to cook with it.
With all of the information on these pages, you will have all the facts you need to incorporate a wide variety of herbs and spices into your diet on a regular basis. And now you will know why it’s such a good idea to do that.
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1. from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb
2. from http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/glossary/g/Garlic.htm