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Spice and Inflammation

sweet potatoes

Linda Baier of Isaiah’s Way Nutrition has made my post extremely easy this week – I’m just copying her info to pass along to you!

 Inflammation is a key contributor to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and joint pain, so reducing inflammation is important to your health. According to a study cited in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the herbs and spices that best reduce or suppress inflammation and protect against DNA damage are: • Cloves  • Ginger  • Rosemary  • Turmeric  • Paprika  • Sage  • Cumin.

Of all the spices listed above, turmeric is a health superstar! That’s because it contains curcumin, an antioxidant compound found in the root of the turmeric plant. Years of studies continue to show that turmeric helps to: • Protect brain function  • Reduce the risk of memory loss  • Aid digestive and cardiovascular health  • Improve the immune system  • Prevent the growth of certain cancer cells  • Improve liver function (your body’s natural detoxifier.)  • Reduce cholesterol level  • Reduce joint pain and improve flexibility (especially in arthritis sufferers)  • Serve as a natural antibiotic, inhibiting the growth of bacteria.   What’s the best way to get all the health benefits of turmeric? Scientists note that combining black pepper with turmeric increases the amount of curcumin your body can absorb. (India and Thai recipes often contain both!) So mix the two spices when you’re cooking with turmeric!  Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering uses all of these spices copiously, not only because they’re so good for you but because they enhance the flavor of so many foods so beautifully!  One example is our Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Bulgar.  Bask in the deliciousness and vibrancy of this healthful dish!

Chicken Smothered in Grief

OK, odd title I know.  But if it piqued your interest, look at the entire menu here:

Despair with Crystallized Ginger, Chicken Smothered in Grief, Hopelessness Covered in Paprika,   and Dill-Encrusted Misery !!

If this menu tickled your funny bone, check out a book that is not at ALL about food called “Trailer Trash, with a Girl’s Name” here  written by our very own Cincinnati Native Stacey Roberts.  I laughed out loud on EVERY page.  It made me think, in particular, of the couple of dishes I just KNOW we can all relate to – when our mother repeatedly made some dish that we hated but everytime we said we hated it, she said “But you LOVE Creamed Cabbage!” – this is the particular dish I remember most hatefully and yuckily.  I would love to hear your fond reminiscences of whatever your mother (or father for that matter) made that you had to choke down.  Of course, we at Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering never make ANYTHING that you don’t LOVE!!!!  HAPPY MEMORY LANE, EVERYONE!