Spices have been used for centuries as tools for healing, and an understanding of their use in traditional medicine and cultures can be an important tool for creating successful products for the changing U.S. consumer.
Today’s consumers are seeking foods that are healthy, fresh, aromatic, and flavorful. They want to indulge, but at the same time be well. The growing emphasis on tasty foods that provide well-being is drawing attention to spices as desirable ingredients for creating new products. Knowledge of the variety of spices used around the world, how they are prepared, and the way they are presented is critical for today’s food product designers.
I am currently reading a book called "How not to die", sounds a little morbid, I know. However it's really more about how to live a healthier, longer and enjoyable life. Unfortunately most of us are on a tailspin in the other directions into oblivion.
Here is an interesting paper on nutritional health and the use of spices, enjoy.
This is a very interesting post that I found online, while doing research on program we are currently offering at Dinner thyme. The inspiration came from the noted book, "How not to die". It discusses a blind test of Alzheimer's and dementia patients being given Saffron as a cognitive therapy.
In a randomized, double-blind parallel-group study, 68 moderate-to-severe AD patients took saffron extract (30 mg/day) or memantine (20 mg/day) capsules for a period of 12 months. It was demonstrated that saffron extract capsules administration significantly reduced cognitive decline when compared with memantine. Moreover, no significant differences were detected between the groups in terms of adverse event frequency.
I find this study very interesting and inspiring. In my opinion the medical industry has run down a road that is primarily focused on medicating, rather than treating ailments such as Alzheimer's. Alternative medicines like herbs, plants and spices have been around for thousands of years in places like South America, China and India, but have been disregarded in place of pharmaceutical treatments. Perhaps we should take a closer look at these, and consider a more balanced approach to treatment. I'm no doctor, just a chef that has made observations on lifestyle, food and the fallout of poor nutrition and it's consequences.
If you are interested in learning more about your health and well being, consider joining one of our programs here at Dinner Thyme. We are constantly expanding and adding to our content, it's not free, but affordable. Consider this. Your body is a machine, if it's not functioning at its best, everything else in your life suffers. Have a look at what we have to offer, and join us today!
Cheers, and have a great week!