GFNC: Use the local products

Remember the nutmeg, embrace the cinnamon, and value the clove and ginger.

This 42nd independence anniversary let us bask in the beauty of our local spices, and their many benefits.

The nutmeg as prominently displayed on our national flag holds therapeutic powers because its similarly menthol compound gives it pain relieving characteristics. Consider our very own Nut-med pain relieving spray. Nutmeg aids in digestion, plays a role in detoxifying your body and promoting brain health.

A pinch of nutmeg in warm milk can ease sleeplessness; this is due to its high magnesium content, which reduces nerve tension resulting in relaxation. Add nutmeg to your meals. Sprinkle it over your oatmeal porridge, add a little to your cakes and buns and don’t leave it out of your fruit punches for extra special flavouring.

Another one of our magic spices is cinnamon. Once regarded as a gift fit for kings because of its rare availability and value, it has a distinct smell and flavour and a plethora of benefits.

The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which help lower the risk of disease. Cinnamon is well known for its blood sugar lowering effects. So make a hot cup of cinnamon tea your choice for breakfast or dinner.

Clove is also a power spice. It is a natural painkiller and attacks germs, so use it to get rid of that nagging toothache or sore throat and massage sore muscles. A little clove in your tea can help with
that vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal gas or stomach ache.

Ginger should form part of our diet more often. Studies suggest that increasing consumption of plant foods like ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Put those extra pieces of ginger into use:

•       Add fresh ginger into your next smoothie or juice

•       Add fresh or dried ginger to your next stir-fry or homemade salad dressing

•       Steep peeled fresh ginger in boiling water to make your own ginger tea

•       Use fresh or dried ginger to spice up any fish recipe.

The Grenada Food and Nutrition Council urge you to be your healthiest as we “Strive towards our destiny with faith and courage as one people.”

(The above was submitted by The Grenada Food and Nutrition Council)

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