We have written quite a bit about turmeric on the Foodfacts.com blog this week. The trending superfood is so good for you that it is hard not to be obsessed with it. Have you tried making the turmeric tonic recipe we shared, too? It is reportedly an excellent fix for those stubborn spring allergies!
Speaking of allergies…
As we approach the end of Food Allergy Awareness Week, it is only fitting that we discuss certain spices that can cause allergic reactions. Because spices offer a great deal of health benefits, particularly medicinal, many people believe that these wonder foods can do no wrong to the body. With the exception of the side effects of overconsuming them, it is generally thought that these plant-based products are everything nice.
The bad thing is, allergic reactions to spices are real; the good thing is, these reactions are rare. Studies have shown that less than five percent of all adults with food allergies suffer from reactions to spices – whether these plants are fresh or dried, and ground, toasted or processed.
Here are some of the most common spices that cause food allergy.
- Garlic – Whether fresh or cooked, garlic can cause an allergic reaction. People allergic to garlic are recommended to forgo similar food additives, like onions and chives, altogether.
- Paprika – It’s great for barbecue marinades and general seasoning, but it can cause severe reaction to anyone allergic to it. Thankfully, there are other ingredients that can serve as substitutes to paprika.
- Mustard – Those who are allergic to mustard should exercise proper care when using it. It is said that mustard is prone to anaphylaxis in those who suffer an allergic reaction to it.
- Anise – Although anise is not as commonly used in the home kitchen as the other previously mentioned spices, it is widely used as a flavoring for specialty candies, pastries and drinks. It is also a common ingredient in health and beauty products such as shampoos.
- Fennel – Fennel is a flavoring commonly found in food dyes. Like anise, it can also be found in household products like soaps, toothpastes and air fresheners.
- Turmeric – Our wonder food is of no exception. Allergic reactions to turmeric may include dermatitis and hives.
As with any food allergies, reactions to spice can be manifested in a number of symptoms: from hives and rashes, swelling of the throat and asthma, vomiting and diarrhea, to unconsciousness and even death. These are just some of the most commonly known symptoms, and certain spices may cause other mild or severe reactions. It is best to evade any spice that causes a negative effect on you.
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FoodFacts.com does its best to inform our community of different foods that are beneficial in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Staying healthy has to do with many different parts of a person’s life: diet, nutrition, stress and heredity are among those things that play a role. While there are elements of our lives we just don’t have control over (like our family tree), there are things we can do to reduce our risk of disease.
Certain foods have been identified as helpful in the reduction of cancer risk. These foods are packed with nutritional content. They are typically low in calories and high in fiber.
The American Institute for Cancer research has cited weight control as a key factor in preventing some cancers. In fact, obesity is said to increase the risk of colorectal, esophageal, endometrial, pancreatic, renal and postmenopausal breast cancers.
There are food groups that boast especially beneficial nutritional components that will help control weight and bring countless other health benefits. Here are some food groups that can help you enjoy better health:
- Cruciferous vegetables – Research has shown that the phytochemical, sulforaphane, found in these vegetables can stimulate enzymes in the body that are thought to detoxify carcinogens before they can damage cells. Indole 3-carbinol and crambene (compounds also found in crucierous vegetables) are also thought to activate detoxification enzymes.
- Garlic helps protect against stomach cancer, colon cancer, esophageal, pancreatic and breast cancers. Onions, leeks and chives have all shown similar effects.
- Berries are also high in vitamin C, fiber and ellagic acid, shown to reduce the risk of breast, lung, bladder and skin cancers. In addition, berries have been shown to slow down the growth of cancer cells.
- Beans – Legumes like lentils, peas and any dried beans are high in saponins. Saponins are phytochemicals found in beans and herbs. They have been shown to be beneficial in reducing blood cholesterol levels, cancer risks and supporting bone health. Beans are also high in fiber.
- Dark green leafy vegetables (spinach and kale, dark lettuces) have carotenoids, which protect against cancer of the mouth, larynx and pharynx. Other research has found that the carotenoids in these vegetables also slow the growth of certain types of stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer cells.
- Grapes and grape juice are also loaded with resveratrol. The skin of grapes contains most of its resveratrol. Red grapes carry more of the phytochemical than green grapes. Resveratrol is thought to slow the growth of cancer cells and may inhibit tumors in the liver and stomach.
- Tomatoes sport there beautiful red color because of the phytochemical lycopene. Lycopene is linked to the reduction of the risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene and other related anyoxidants have displayed anti-cancer benefits in varying studies with other cancer cells beyond prostate, including breast, lung and endometrial.
FoodFacts.com is excited to continually share with you the food choices that will work to keep you vital, healthy and energetic. All the foods detailed here are tasty
additions to your diet, and they offer protection against cancer, not to mention carrying many other nutrients that benefit your body in a variety of ways. Stock up and get cooking!