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Looking to take your culinary skills to the next level? Try adding a few new herbs and spices to your recipes.

Using herbs and spices is a healthier way to eat while enjoying savory dishes. Spices and herbs have more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables, so take advantage and start spicing up your favorite dishes!

Below are a few spices and herbs that you can use in your foods and favorite cooking dishes that are beneficial and can boost flavor:

Cinnamon

Benefit: Lower blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Try to get one-fourth to one-half teaspoon of cinnamon twice daily.

Get Cooking: Dip berries or bananas in low-fat sour cream, then dip in a mix of 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup brown sugar.

Turmeric

Benefit: Can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Try to have 500 to 800 milligrams a day.

Cooking Tip: For an Indian flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric to water when cooking 1 cup rice.

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