Spices: Who’s the hottest of them all?
Spices are the soul of Indian cooking. The sharp zing, mouthwatering aroma, the tempting colors, all synonymous with Indian food, owe their fame to spices. Every household in India has its own secret recipe that add tons of flavor to the food. But a blended spice that is a part of every kitchen is the Garam masala.
Contrary to common belief, Garam masala isn’t called garam because it is too hot or spicy. It is called ‘Garam Masala’ as this ayurvedic blend of spices increases the warmth in the body to promote digestion and well-being. This blend is a careful mix of dry-roasted whole spices, each with its own unique properties and benefits. As a mixture, they become garam masala, an aromatic spice which is beneficial to the whole body.
Helps with Digestion
As garam masala increases body heat, it boosts digestion and sparks appetite. It releases and regulates gastric juices which are essential for good digestive health. Spices such as cloves and cumin that are a part of garam masala, reduce acidity, bloating and flatulence. Beneficial properties of garam masala ensure good health of the gastrointestinal tract.
Promotes Heart Health
Anti-oxidant properties of garam masala regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. These spices also lower inflammation in the body. Adding a dash of garam masala in your sabzi every day, can help in lowering chances of heart conditions, stroke and other lifestyle disorders.
Improves Blood Sugar Levels
Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves naturally lower blood sugar levels. These spices also increase insulin sensitivity which is beneficial for not just diabetic individuals but for everyone as it keeps the blood sugar levels balanced. Cinnamon, which is often a part of Indian desserts, is especially efficient in controlling blood sugar.
Increases Absorption of Nutrients
A balanced Indian meal can satisfy all of your body’s nutritional needs. Along with adding flavor to dishes, garam masala helps the body absorb the nutrients present in the food. A compound called piperine, present in black peppers, specifically aids in assimilating vitamins and minerals in the body. Combination of complementing spices which increase body warmth enhances blood and oxygen flow, leading to quicker absorption of these essential nutrients.
Keeps the Nervous System Healthy
Garam masala has high levels of natural antioxidants which are important to our body. Antioxidants protect us against neurodegenerative disorders. They also contribute towards keeping our minds alert and healthy. As garam masala includes many spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves etc., these spices work together to provide better results.
In order to avail these benefits successfully, pick out a brand that ensure authenticity and the correct blend of spices. Storage of garam masala also makes a difference to its quality. When this masala comes in contact with air, oxidation can comprise its benefits. Try Tata Sampann’s garam masala to experience the authentic taste, achieved by using genuine spices and preparation methods, and packaged to ensure a better shelf life.