At the Ginger and Spice Festival we are passionate about spices, their flavours but also their health benefits.
Did you know that every time you have a curry, you are getting a really healthy experience?
Or that every time you enjoy a chilli con carne you are giving yourself a body boost?
Yes it’s true! These dishes contain spices with properties which can help to give you hidden boosts and protections.
Let’s start with curry
Curries traditionally contain the spices turmeric, garlic and cinnamon and this tasty trio can be surprisingly health giving.
Turmeric is a yellow spice which gives some curries their distinct appearance but it is much more than a colouring agent! It contains the active ingredient curcumin which, believe it or not, has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-oxidant properties!
This means that when eating a curry, you could be aiding your digestion, and cleansing the body. Anti-oxidants protect against the proliferation of ‘free radicals’ which can affect the body’s DNA and potentially cause cancer so your curry is potentially a real life saver!
Also, if the use of turmeric is combined with black pepper, the combination of these spices can dramatically enhance the benefits of the turmeric. So because most curries include black pepper as an ingredient, you are getting a double health giving benefit!