Spices and condiments include herbs, foods, chemical compounds, oil, used to add savor, visual to certain dishes. They were originally found in Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, with an unconfirmed fairy story that before the invention of food preservation techniques, spices and condiments were used to make the food more edible. In Vietnam, the cuisine is not only famous for five taste elements: spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet, but it also is appreciated for the variety of fresh herbs, condiments, and spices.
Current science has illustrated that spices and condiments have a potential superpower to our health benefits. Some kinds of the world’s healthiest spices and condiments are Star Anise, Cinnamon, Ginger, Garlic, Pepper, etc. Specifically, Cinnamon can slow down fasting blood sugars by 10-29% in diabetic patients. Its Antioxidants also protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Ginger is rich in strong anti-inflammatory properties that can enhance human resilience to control the pain. For those with high cholesterol, garlic supplementation assists to reduce total and/or LDL cholesterol by about 10-15%, causing a significant decrease in blood pressure. Besides, the capsaicin and antioxidants in chili can eliminate cancer cells in leukemia and prostate cancer, presenting a probable natural treatment for fighting disease.