Cumin is one of the most popular spices in the world. After black pepper, cumin is the most-used spice on Earth and for good reason - it is flavorful and delicious. Not only does cumin smell and taste delightful, it may provide a variety of benefits.
#1 Cumin Can Replace Salt
Consuming too much salt can have a host of negative side effects including calcium loss, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, but if you still want to give your food some flavor, consider using cumin. Cumin has a warm, earthy flavor that is nutty and slightly spicy. With an aroma that is both sweet and slightly bitter, cumin spice can be used in a variety of dishes. Commonly used in Indian, Latin American, Mexican, Middle Eastern and North African cuisines, cumin is available in whole seeds or ground form.
Tip: Cumin is best used in hearty and savory dishes and recipes like baked beans, BBQ sauces, chilis, fish recipes, marinades, meat, rubs, sauces, soups, stews and vegetables.
#2 Cumin Can Alleviates Inflammation
According to Harvard Health, cumin contains thymoquinone, a phytochemical with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. This phytochemical means cumin has the potential to help with any chronic disease where there is excess inflammation. This includes certain diseases, infections and even some bowel disorders. It’s also noted cumin may, in some cases, improve digestion, help with headaches and some skin diseases.
#3 Cumin is Nutrient-Rich
Black cumin, also known Nigella Sativa, is nutrient-rich. Black cumin seeds in particular contain significant levels of calcium, copper, folic acid, iron, niacin, phosphorus, pyridoxine, thiamine and zinc. Whether you are looking for added sources of these nutrients or just want an added zest of flavor to your favorite recipe, consider a dash or two of cumin.
Tip: Make sure you are shopping for high quality cumin by using these helpful cumin shopping tips.
#4 Cumin May Prevent Food Borne Illnesses
Studies show that several components of cumin may prevent food-borne illnesses due to its antimicrobial properties. Not only does cumin add a warm, earthy flavor to your favorite recipes, it can also help keep your system running optimally.
#5 Cumin Can Promote Digestion
One of the most common and traditional uses for cumin is for indigestion. Nowadays, research has confirmed cumin can aid in digestion and may even rev up metabolism. A dash or two will do, everything in moderation including cumin.
Tip: If you are looking for another digestive aid, try a warm mug of saffron green tea.
Not only is black cumin spice delicious, it has many potential benefits. The next time you are looking for a spice to add to your next meal, reach for the cumin.Show us how you enjoy our black cumin @RumiSpice.