You think that ketchup, mustard and cocktail sauces can damage your diet.
But in reality, these little extras may be healthier than you think.
They not only give enrich the flavor of your food but they have hidden health benefits.
According to some researches, certain spices, herbs and spreads help regulate your appetite and ease digestion.
Here is a list of the benefits of some of them.
Ketchup ccontains a powerful antioxidant, the Lycopene which helps slowing the process which leads to athereosclerosis. moreover, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, organic versions of ketchup may contain up to 60 percent more Lycopene than the normal ones.
Furthermore, organic ketchup is rich in vitamins A, C and E.
The daily dose is 3 to 4 tablespoons.
2- Dark Honey
According to studies over 19 varieties of dark honey conducted in the University of Illinois, it appears that dark honey contained the most antioxidants that help protect cells from the effects of free radicals and prevent the risk of heart disease and cancer.
The daily dose is 2 to 4 tablespoons.
American researchers as well as danish ones found out that seasoning beef with rosemary before grilling or adding rosemary to a dough may reduce cancer-causing substances.
In cooking, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons per 2 pounds of meat or you can create a marinade by mixing chopped rosemary, Dijon mustard, garlic and coarse sea salt before cooking.
The horseradish plant contains compounds in its roots and leaves that can help suppress the growth of existing tumors according to a study in the Journal of agricultural and Food Chemistry.
You can make a dip with horseradish sauce by mixing 1 cup of non-fat yogurt, 1/2 cup of chopped dill, 3 tablespoons of horseradish and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Cinnamon helps stabilize blood-sugar levels. It helps enhancing the insulin sensitivity allowing thus the body of more glucose.
You can sprinkle it on cake or cereal and even on your coffee or milk.
6- Black Pepper
Black pepper contains a compound, the Piperine, that helps preventing the self-renewing process of cancer-initiating stem cells according to a study from the university of Michigan.
You can sprinkle it on all your favorite meals.
7- Hot sauce
Hot sauce contains capsaicin which is a compound that gives heat to the sauce.
It helps reducing the levels of hunger and raises GLP-1 hormone which is appetite-suppressing.
You can splash little of the hot sauce on all your meals.