The modern American diet generally consists of two very important “spices”: salt and sugar.
However, there are 2 problems with this:
- Salt and sugar in large quantities can be devastating to one’s health.
- Research shows salt and sugar to actually have addictive qualities!
Last night, I realized how true this really was. For dinner, I had pork loin with a vegetable stir fry. When I took my first bite, I the first thing that came to mind was, “this needs more salt”. The marinade for the pork gave it just a tough of sweetness, but the second thought that came to mind was, “I wish this was sweeter”. However, as I continued to eat my dinner, which tasted somewhat bland with the first bite, I began to realize that it was not bland at all. As I overcame my need to taste salt and sugar, I realized that the meet and vegetables were marinated and seasoned with a great variety of spices. I just wasn’t used to spices other than salt and sugar…
From my personal experience and research I have come to conclude that we Americans need to “readjust” our taste buds. We need to learn to enjoy those many spices we are not familiar with. Herbs and spices have a variety of health promoting properties, juxtaposed to the many unhealthy qualities of excess salt and sugar.
Substituting herbs and spices in your cooking for salt and sugar is not only very health, but it will help you lose weight.
Health benefits of herbs and spices include:
- low calorie content
- disease fighting
- help promote weight loss
So, if you are trying to lose weight, spicing up your diet is important not only for health, but for weight loss too!
Cayenne and cinnamon are the most renowned for their obesity-fighting power. A while back I wrote a post on cinnamon, the metabolism, and weight loss. However, I encourage you to experiment with using a wide variety of spices in your foods. Excluding salt and sugar, all spices are healthy, so the more the better!