Herbs and Spices – Antioxidants

Herbs and spices are getting some extra attention – they’re not just for flavor.  Some studies have suggested their antioxidant properties have been overlooked or underestimated.  If you need to reduce the sodium in your current diet and think your food will be bland start with a dried herb added to an entree or vegetable before serving – you  may be surprised at how it can enhance the natural appeal of food.  Fresh herbs not only add flavor but also color and fun to an otherwise boring plate.  The next time you need a simple and healthy appetizer try topping a slice of fresh tomato with one ounce of fresh mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of black pepper and a leaf of fresh basil.  Or dress your fresh fish with some sprigs of thyme, oregano or rosemary leaves and throw it on the grill.  Fresh cilantro, lime and mint leaves are great on a kabob of grilled shrimp.  Any way you look at it I think most would agree that any food or dish we prepare tastes better with fresh herbs or our favorite spice.  So next time you fire up the grill or plan your next meal, consider adding a new herb or spice to add an extra health benefit.

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