Essential ingredients for healthy cooking

Going through my cabinets I had to take stock of all the ingredients that would make my cooking healthier. I had to get rid of the processed foods, anything with MSG and sugary snacks. We added fresh fruits and vegetables,cooked healthier meals and drank more water and 100% juice. Some of the staples we have in our home are:

Agave Nectar:

Agave nectar, also known as agave syrup, is derived from the juice of the agave,  a plant widely cultivated in Mexico. Agave syrup is typically composed of 90  percent fructose, though that percentage may vary according to processing  methods. Its composition makes it less likely to cause the blood sugar spikes  that occur after ingesting white sugar. Agave also boasts a sweeter taste than  sugar, so you need less agave than sugar to achieve a comparable level of  sweetness.

Read more:  How to Use Agave Nectar in Place of Sugar | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_8220081_use-agave-nectar-place-sugar.html#ixzz2OQOW1y4V

Sea Salt:

Sea salt not only provides enhanced flavor benefits, but it is healthy for  the body. Unrefined sea salt contains over 80 mineral elements that the body  needs. Because it is harvested and packaged in its natural form, it retains  minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine and  manganese. It also contains electrolytes and other nutrients that are essential  for enzyme production and for the maintenance of the body’s immune system.  Unrefined sea salt easily replenishes the sodium and other salt minerals the  body needs. Pure water and natural sodium can treat conditions such as muscle  cramps, edema, gout and water retention.

Sea salt is favored in cooking because of its vibrant, pure flavor and its  natural health benefits. It is available in various grain sizes, including  coarse, fine and extra fine.

Read more:  Sea Salt Benefits | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5457437_sea-salt-benefits.html#ixzz2OQPOp4I1

Coconut Oil:

According to Bruce Fife, coconut oil is known as the “healthiest oil on earth.”  Coconut oil is one of the world’s most nontoxic versatile oils that can be  utilized by the human body to promote optimum health.

Read more:  Coconut Oil Health Benefits | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5471583_coconut-oil-health-benefits.html#ixzz2OQPkUWo9

Turmeric:

The health benefits of turmeric powder have been known for centuries. Recently,  scientists have uncovered how turmeric powder benefits health. The exciting news  that curcumin, the main constituent of turmeric, has genuine disease fighting  capabilities should lead to the development of more potent curcumin compounds  that could help fight a variety of diseases.

Read more:  The Health Benefits of Turmeric Powder | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5081704_health-benefits-turmeric-powder.html#ixzz2OQPzuclK

Red Pepper :

Cayenne pepper, part of the  family of chili peppers, was first found in Central  and South America thousands of years ago. During the fifteenth and sixteenth  century, these peppers became popular in other region. Today, many people enjoy  the hot, fiery flavor in a number of dishes. Cayenne pepper is an excellent  source of vitamin A. Vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and dietary  fiber are also found within this spicy herb.

Cayenne pepper stimulates the blood flow and lowers blood pressure. It helps  with vitamin distribution and is helpful in overcoming fatigue.

Read more:  Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_4813476_health-benefits-cayenne-pepper.html#ixzz2OQQQ1JJt

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon has been used as a spice for many foods and drinks throughout the ages.  Scientists studying the health benefits of cinnamon have found it helps your  body fight off disease. Cinnamon offers nutritional benefits and preventative  health advantages. Only a small amount of cinnamon is needed daily to realize  the health benefits of this wonder spice.

Read more:  Health Benefits of Cinnamon | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5397451_health-benefits-cinnamon.html#ixzz2OQQrvyoZ

Bee Pollen:

The use of bee pollen as a health support tonic is mentioned in a range of  ancient texts, including the Bible, Talmud, Koran and Book of Mormon. Even  ancient Chinese medical documentation describes the use of bee pollen to address  energy-balance concerns; in fact, bee pollen is still prescribed by  acupuncturists and naturopaths.

Read more:  Health Benefits for Bee Pollen | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_5857970_health-benefits-bee-pollen.html#ixzz2OQRDIYUH

Sesame Oil:

Historically, sesame oil has been used as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and pain reliever in skin conditions, gum disease and a variety of other illnesses. Modern science now knows that sesame oil is a powerful antioxidant (a substance that reduces the presence of harmful chemicals in the body), high in polyunsaturated fats and an excellent source of vitamin E and minerals. Sesame oil, in fact, has the fourth-highest concentration of polyunsaturated fats of any oil. Polyunsaturated fats are important for cell growth and development and are especially beneficial to the heart. Polyunsaturated fats are also thought to be important in the prevention of illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and autoimmune disorders.  Because sesame oil is a natural, readily attainable source of these important polyunsaturated fats as well as its vitamin and antioxidant properties, it has begun to pique the interest of traditional Western medicine. Sesame oil has been the subject of multiple clinical studies and continues to be examined as a potential treatment for cancer, menopause, gum disease, high blood pressure and heart disease.1080

 

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