HERBS AND SPICES, NOT SALT

Good Health Choices - - Health bites -

We all need to rein in our use of the salt shaker, since too much of it can cause high blood pres­sure and other prob­lems. Luck­ily, there are many al­ter­na­tive ways to add flavour to food. In Symi and Cam­podimele, herbs such as oregano and rose­mary, waft­ing their scent from gar­dens and hill­sides, go into all cook­ing. In Ok­i­nawa, it’s turmeric, gar­lic, and gin­ger; while Ni­coy­ans love zesty lime, chilli and co­rian­der. Herbs and spices de­liver both taste and an ar­ray of health-en­hanc­ing nutri­ents, in­clud­ing an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory an­tiox­i­dant and anti-mi­cro­bial com­pounds. Keep­ing a sup­ply in the kitchen means food never has to be bland, and can eas­ily be given ex­tra health-giv­ing power.

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