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3 Spices You Should Add to Your Yogurt

Spice up your daily yogurt, and improve your health even more.

Yogurt is a great choice for breakfast or snacks. It is low calorie, can be low in sugar, has calcium, protein, and probiotics for your gut. Nowadays, there are so many types and flavors of yogurt — pretty much something for everyone. But it can get boring having the same thing day in and day out. Add some spices to your yogurt to change up the flavor, and increase the health benefits.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a very versatile spice. It is often used in savory and sweet recipes, but can also be sprinkled into your yogurt. Here are a few of the advantages of including cinnamon to your yogurt:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improve blood sugar
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Lower risk of diabetes
  • Reduced risk of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases
Plus, it's tasty and just a bit spicy. A little goes a long way, so start with just a 1/4 or 1/2 a teaspoon to start.
Ginger
Ginger is another spice that is used in both cooking and baking. It has a warm, spicy flavor that is also a little bit sweet. It can be strong, so go light to see how you like the taste. You can always add more. Fresh and ground ginger are readily available in most grocery or health food stores. Here are some of the benefits:
  • Helps nausea
  • Fights fungal infections
  • Eases menstrual pain
  • Helps prevent stomach ulcers
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Can relieve muscle and joint pain
  • May lower cholesterol levels
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves brain function
Turmeric
Turmeric may not be a spice you use often, but you've had it if you have eaten Asian food or enjoy curry. It is the spice that gives curry its color. The root of the turmeric, however, has been widely used in medicines. You want to make sure you are using that portion of the turmeric plant in order to gain the most benefit.
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Strong antioxidant
  • Improved brain function
  • May lower risk of heart disease
  • May help prevent and treat cancer
  • May be useful in treating and preventing Alzheimer's
  • Benefits against depression
The studies done have looked at the effects of consuming large amounts of turmeric. However, that may be challenging to consume as it is strong. So, add it in occasionally, and alternate with the other options to gain some great benefits.
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