5 Cooking Spices that Can Help with Digestion

Drinking tea with spices such as ginger can be a helpful way to ease digestive woes. But as it turns out, it’s not the only solution. You can also work digestive-supporting spices right into your meals! Here are five of the spices that doctors and dietitians recommend to add to your meals to keep digestion running smoothly.
1. Ginger. Often used to reduce nausea, gas, and bloating, ginger has phenolic compounds which are known to relieve irritation in the digestive tract. Try using it in baked goods, stir fries, or dressings.
2. Mint. Known to decrease spasms in the gut, mint is on on the top of the list of herbs that support digestion. A scientific study linked peppermint oil to reducing stomach upset and nausea, but reflux can be one of its side effects. If you get heartburn often, stick to using other herbs most of the time.
3. Asafoetida. As an herb that tastes like garlic and onions, it can be used in place of them for those who are sensitive to high FODMAP foods.

4. Cinnamon. Known to both keep blood sugar levels steady and support good digestion. This spice can provide a natural sweet flavor in breakfast meals and baked goods.

5. Turmeric. This spice contains curcumin, a compound that is known to help reduce inflammation. It can also help to relieve excess gas, abdominal pain, and bloating. Try blending turmeric into smoothies or stirring it into curry dishes.
Information gathered & adapted from:
Baked Sweet Potato Cubes with Honey and Cinnamon
Servings: 4
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup pure honey
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2In a mixing bowl add sweet potato cubes, honey, melted butter, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
3Transfer to a non-stick baking dish, cover with aluminum foil and bake 40 minutes. Allow to cool briefly, then enjoy!
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutrition Information per Serving: 256 calories, 8 grams total fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 44 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams fiber, 3 grams protein, 143 milligrams sodium, 464 milligrams potassium, 22 grams sugar
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