Health Benefits of Spices Around the world

With Constance Brown-Riggs MS, Ed, RD, CDE, CDN
1 ½ RD and DTR CEUs

Historically, cultures around the world have used spices to improve health and ward off disease. With the advent of modern medicine, the use of spices for medicinal purposes became the alternative. Today, as chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer continue to soar, people are taking a second look at the health benefits associated with spices. Can they reduce inflammation, the underlying cause of many disease states? Can a diet that includes herbs and spices contribute to better overall health?

As scientists uncover the evidence to answer these questions, their discoveries are influencing the emerging trends that are shaping the use of spices in 2014 and beyond. This session will discuss the latest evidence on the health and healing properties of herbs and spices, and identify the top five flavor and food trends from around the world.

Objectives

  1. Verbalize historical use of herbs and spices.
  2. Identify current evidence on health benefits of spices.
  3. Delineate the advantages of using spices to enhance flavor.
  4. Identify how science impacts flavor trends

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