Health benefits of Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices do more than just flavour food. They help you cut back on unhealthy ingredients, such as salt, sugars and saturated fat. Try cooking your carrots in a low fat chicken broth then adding some ground cinnamon or chopped parsley. Before cooking, rub chicken, beef or pork with a combination of herbs and spices, let the flavour permeate the meat for several hours and enjoy a new taste sensation. Not sure which to blend? Explore our website and you will find all kinds of ideas!

Many spices also have impressive health benefits. Ongoing research is revealing the ultimate power of herbs and spices as weapons against illnesses from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer or diabetes. We are now seeing the scientific proof for why civilizations have used spices medicinally for thousands of years. While herbs and spices may not directly cure disease, there is strong evidence showing some spices actually help manage chronic conditions. Read more about how herbs and spices fight disease.

Spices define much about a culture’s cuisine. Aromatic and savoury or warm and sweet, the combinations of spices are key to flavour, whether used in authentic traditional dishes or in creative and unexpected ways. We use "Spice" here as a culinary term - not a botanical category - as we include parts of certain trees, roots, flowers, seeds and fruits of herbaceous plants into this group. For example, cinnamon is from the bark of a tree, caraway is seeds and cloves are actually flower buds! We hope to show you how the beautifully vast term "Spice" can be used both authentically and creatively with everything from Indian ingredients like curry, fenugreek and garam masala to poultry seasoning and herbes de Provence. Check out ourEncyclopedia of Spices for inspiration!