Sweet Spice O’ Mine

sweet-spiceSpices considered “sweet” in America are used internationally to add flavor to savory and piquant recipes.

I think spices are the hidden fountain of health; they work as powerful anti-inflammatories, treating this condition associated with many chronic diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and psoriasis among others.

Spices also happen to be fat-free and don’t add calories. But, in order to reap the benefits of these spices, you have to eat more of them on a regularly basis – more than you can get by filling up on heavy desserts.

Check out my latest post on AOL on ways to add sweet spices to savory foods!

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  1. On your site you tell the mother not to make her family regular bacon and swithch to turkey bacon. I watched Oprah one day and she had overweight kids on her show. Dr. oz was asking what kind of foods were fat and low fat. Well, he said the turkey bacon was higher in sodium than reg. bacon. He advised to stick with reg. bacon.

    • Hi Cindy,

      Thanks for your question. The reason I suggest turkey bacon has to do with saturated fat and the family I was working with already had high amounts of saturated fat in their diet. But yes turkey bacon is about 55 mg higher in sodium per slice (to give you an idea the American Heart Association says to limit sodium to under 2000 mg a day that’s about 1 teaspoon). I think when you are dealing with people who have hyper tension on the other hand sodium is a much bigger issue, but it depends on the person and you should know your own limits as advised by your personal doctor. I haven’t seen that episode with Dr. Oz, but when you’re dealing with health, every person is different and you have to make food choices accordingly.

  2. Diet and Nutrition Girl says

    I was just watching your aol refrigerator clip. Turkey bacon doesn’t have ZERO saturated fat. Also, in a recent study, which I can’t find right now on the web, it was shown that milk with SOME fat in it had better vitamin absorption for the people drinking it rather than skim. 1% milk might have been a better choice for people with kids. Glad to see you went with reduced fat cheeses instead of the no fat cheese, which tastes like plastic.

    • Thanks for your note and watching the clip on AOL!

      All the brands of turkey bacon I researched from organic to conventional have no saturated fat though they do contain a small amount of unsaturated fat. You can always glance at the label to find out before you buy. And yes you are right about vitamin absorption – that is mainly with fat soluble vitamins like A and D – vitamin D needs a fat source inside the gut to be absorbed. So skim milk with cereal takes care of that.

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