Spice it up!

iStock_000017966153XSmallAt Rizzuto’s we use fresh ingredients to prepare everything from Pizza to our Wood-Grilled Salmon, and spices are key. Here is a little information on spices that we would like to share with you.

The word “antioxidants” typically conjures up thoughts of fruits, vegetables, tea, and even chocolate. But did you know that spices have that antioxidant power?

Health-conscious chefs recommend including spices in dishes to add flavor without the fat, salt or sugar. But studies on the antioxidant richness of spices suggest using these flavored spices as a way to add more health to your meals, too.

“Imagine something that tastes good and is good for you,” Did you know one teaspoon of ground cinnamon has the equivalent level of antioxidants as a half cup of blueberries and one cup of pomegranate juice? Here are 6 spices that will spice up your dishes at home and well give you good solid nutritional value.

• Cinnamon -Research suggests that these compounds may act like insulin in our body to help regulate blood sugar levels.

• Oregano – one teaspoon has as much antioxidant power as three cups of chopped broccoli

• Rosemary – The compounds in rosemary appear to help reduce inflammation in the body and inflammation is a trigger and indirect risk factor for many chronic diseases.

• Turmeric – Researchers are looking into the role of turmeric in brain health and protecting against cognitive decline associated with aging.

• Thyme – research is looking at the role of compounds in thyme in relation to respiratory function.

• Dried Red Peppers – Red pepper is showing promise for enhancing metabolism, increasing satiety and potentially stimulating fat burning, too.