Variety is the spice of life.  They certainly got the spice part right on this one.  It amazes me how many people miss an opportunity to add culinary delight to meal after meal by adding spices.

When we talk “spice” it does not necessarily mean “spicy,” although it certainly could.  Spices like rosemary, thyme and basil do not make a dish spicy, but they absolutely liven up the flavor.  The list of spices and spice combinations are limited only by your imagination, palate, and occasionally, your sense of adventure.

The beautiful thing about spices is that they pack a massive wallop of phytonutrients for almost zero calories.  AND they taste great!  What more could you ask for?

This particular study looked at how a spiced up meal affected both markers of glucose metabolism and antioxidant status in the bloodstream.  Those eating the high spice meal had lower levels of insulin and triglycerides after the meal and twice the antioxidant level in the bloodstream.  This would unquestionably be part of an anti-diabetic lifestyle.

So load up on the spices on everything you eat.  You organic, grass few meats.  Your veggies.  Maybe just stick your tongue out and drop it directly on there..

A few notes, however.  Avoid MSG containing spice mixes at all costs.  And don’t waste the spices by taking them in a supplement (such as cinnamon).  Why miss out on what the spice can do to your meal?  And if you’re planning on grilling the veggies, lightly spray them with some olive oil so the spices with stick better..

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.