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Spices and their Health Benefits — Video

I am excited to share a video of one of my favorite topics, Spices! –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rnObuFr6p8 A big, heartfelt thank you to TV hosts, Esha and Soph, for inviting me back to their show, “Faces of South Asia”, to discuss a few of my favorite spices including turmeric, paprika, coriander, black cumin and cinnamon. For more details, check out the […]




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Garlic’s Health Benefits

A beloved plant, garlic has been used for over 7000 years for both cultural and medicinal reasons. Native to central Asia, the cultural application of garlic is credited to Ancient Egyptians who placed garlic in the tomb of Pharoahs; they also supplied garlic to slaves in order to increase strength and endurance. Today, the top […]




Cinnamon’s Health Benefits

Cinnamon, from the genus Cinnamomum, is a spice that is acquired from the inner bark of several trees, many of which are native to South East Asia. Some of the species of trees giving rise to cinnamon include Cinnamomum verum, C. burmannii, C. loureiroi and C. aromaticum, originating from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam and China, […]




Paprika’s Health Benefits

Paprika is a carotenoid that is often used to add color and flavor to food. Carotenoids are red, orange and yellow   pigments synthesized by plants. Several forms of carotenoids exist, but the most common ones in Western diets are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene. Carotenoid pigments can be found in many fruits and vegetables including […]




Coriander’s Health Benefits

Coriander, also known as Coriandrum sativum, derives from a plant native to Asia to North Africa, and southern Europe. While all parts of the  plant are edible, the fresh coriander leaves and dried seeds are most commonly used in cooking. The fresh leaves are often used in many South Asian dishes including chutney, daal (lentils), […]




Black Cumin’s Health Benefits

Black cumin (Nigella sativa) has been used as a spice, food preservative and traditional medicine for thousands of years. Native to southwest  Asia (though seeds have been found in Egyptian tombs), black cumin seeds have multiple names, including fennel flower, blackseed, black caraway, “kaljeera” in Assamese, “karum cheerakam” in Tamil, “kalonji” in Hindi and “chernushka” in […]




Turmeric’s Health Benefits

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), also known as “the golden spice of life,” is a highly popular spice. Originating in India nearly 4000 years ago, turmeric is used throughout Asia and the Western world. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric is a major component of “curry powder” and it imparts the famous yellow coloring for […]