On cold days, many hate to leave the warmth of home. Valuable help with heating from the inside, which will contribute to good health, is located – in the kitchen
The weather is colder and we like food that warms us, whether it is a hot drink or spicy dishes that give us a feeling of comfort inside . Today, peppers, marjoram, scream, oregano, ginger and black pepper have the honor to say more about them.
Anger for heat
Pepperoni (chili or hot peppers) have been grown for 12,000 years. Their popularity can be largely attributed to its wide application in folk medicine and many positive health effects.
Get angry and improve your health! Discover the benefits of spicy spices
Capsaicinoids, which give a feeling of burning and warmth, certainly have a significant place among the active substances of pepperoni, thus making dishes special. Capsaicinoids are detected not only by sensory buds on the tongue, but also by specific receptors located in the mouth, throat and stomach. Each individual capsaicinoid man “feels” differently. Thus norhydrocapsaicin irritates the least and a feeling of warmth is present in the front of the mouth. The burning sensation it gives decreases immediately after consuming pepperoni or food spiced with them. In contrast to norhydrocapsaicin, capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin give a typical, stronger burning sensation. It is felt in the middle of the mouth, on the back of the tongue and in the throat. Dihydrocapsaicin gives a subsequent, but extremely irritating and long-lasting feeling of anger on the back of the tongue and in the throat.
In addition, the addition of pepperoni powder gives the dish a red tint and thus visually enhances the experience of warmth.
Capsaicin – helps preserve peripheral nerve function
Diabetes is known to negatively affect the health of peripheral nerves. This results in, among other things, insufficient secretion or intolerance to insulin, elevated blood glucose levels, poor oxygen supply, increased free radical production and consequent inflammatory processes. Ultimately, as many as 50% of diabetics suffer from loss of sensation in their arms and legs.
Scientific research shows the potential of capsaicin in relieving diabetes-related ailments. Namely, it was noticed that capsaicin helps to restore the sensation in the fingers and relieve pain.
The spiciness of the dish against the feeling of cold
In colder weather , women often experience narrowing of blood vessels and poor circulation, accompanied by a pronounced feeling of cold, headache, frequent urination, back stiffness, “purple nails” and the like.
Nitric oxide, which is found in plants, helps to dilate blood vessels and alleviate the unpleasant feeling of cold; vegetables and spices such as scream. It has been used as a spice for thousands of years. Its benefit to human health comes from essential oils and phenolic components. Among the latter are naringenin, eriodictiol and luteolin which dilate blood vessels.
Many other spice ingredients also contain active substances with a pungent taste that help dilate blood vessels. Examples are gingerol and shogaol in ginger, piperine in black pepper, and rosemary acid, which is abundant in oregano and marjoram . Gingerol also works against fungi, contributes to colon health and helps with learning and memory. It is worth mentioning that rosemary acid has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antimutagenic and astringent effects. Its presence in the diet is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and the occurrence of various types of malignant diseases.
A whiff of angry inspiration
Pepperoni, ginger, marjoram and oregano can easily be included in our usual dishes. Let your imagination run wild and use their health benefits. Moreover, their addition to dishes reduces the amount of salt in the diet. Here’s an idea.
- · Add ground pepperoni to the cottage cheese.
- Just before serving, add the ground ginger to the homemade vegetable soup (in which case reduce the addition of pepper).
- Add a piece of ginger root to the compote of prunes, apples, quinces and pears.
- Add a little ground pepper to the beef and vegetable sauce.
- Oregano and marjoram go great with vegetables stewed in a wok.
- Ginger root tea cleanses the airways and is great against colds.
Thick vegetable soup
Ingredients (for 4 people):
- cauliflower, 150 g
- broccoli, 100 g
- carrots, 100 g
- onion, 50 g
- celery root, 20 g
- oil, 15 g
- ship, 5 g
- parsley root, 5 g
- salt, pepper, ground ginger, marjoram, oregano
- parsley leaf for decoration
Preparation: lightly sauté finely chopped onion in oil and a little water. Add cauliflower , broccoli and diced carrots and finely chopped celery, coriander and parsley. Season with marjoram, salt, oregano and pepper and add about 4 dl of water. Cook for about 20 minutes. When the vegetables are cooked, take the carrots out on a plate and mix the soup with a stick mixer. Cut the carrots into cubes or rings. If necessary, dilute the soup with water and boil it once more. Add ground ginger, return the carrots to the soup, sprinkle with chopped parsley and enjoy.
We believe that this text has stimulated your imagination and that you will use the mentioned interesting spices more often in the preparation of your favorite dishes. Let it be your pleasure.