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5 Condiments for Healing

Updated on December 26, 2011

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The Benefits of 5 Condiments

Chances are you may eat one or more of the following condiments. If not, you may want to add them to your diet for their healthy healing benefits.

What are condiments? A condiment is a seasoning, sauce, or relish added to food to enhance the flavor. Certain condiments are added to particular foods, often out of habit. But they actually do more than just add flavor. Some are super nutritious.

Listed below are 5 condiments and their health benefits:

1 - Organic Ketchup - Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease - Lycopene is the powerful antioxidant found in tomato ketchup. Just 3 to 6 tablespoons are believed to slow the process that leads to atherosclerosis.

Note: Ketchup found on the supermarket shelf usually contains high fructose corn syrup which should not be included in a healthy diet. Look for organic which has the additional benefit of having up to 60% more lycopene per gram.

2 - Hot Sauce - Helps to control the appetite - Capsaicin is the compound that is shown to provide the appetite suppressing hormones. A few dashes added to the food of your choice is sufficient for results. I can dash hot sauce on just about anything.

3 - Horseradish - Works as a detoxifier - Recent studies indicate that 1/4 teaspoon of horseradish is beneficial for increasing the liver's capacity to detoxify carcinogens. Compounds in the roots and leaves of the horseradish plants are called glucosinolates. Research has shown glucosinolate may have potential in fighting cancers, according to Cornell University.

4 - Sauerkraut - Helps Ease Digestion - Sauerkraut is beneficial due to its probiotic bacteria. Probiotics help relieve the discomfort caused by irritable bowel syndrome. Fresh is best and has more probiotic benefits. A 1/2 cup is recommended.

Note: A super probiotic is Korean kimchi. See link below for the health benefits of kimchi.

5 - Honey - Has antiaging benefits - Honey has antioxidant properties that help protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Darker honey has more antioxidants. Just 2 to 4 tablespoons of blueberry or buckwheat honey will provide beneficial results.

See links below for more healthy eating:

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    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 

      8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      great stuff - thanks

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      I love condiments and all the ones you listed are also on my favorite list. I can never eat anything without condiments--I'm totally spoiled. I make my own kimchi and chinese version of pickled cabbage.Love your list!

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      8 years ago from the short journey

      Good points on new items--not the same old list!

    • eventsyoudesign profile image

      eventsyoudesign 

      8 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I have cooked cabbage for long periods of time before I would eat it. But, the cabbage does not agree with me so I do not eat it any more. Sauerkraut will not have the same effect as cooked cabbage or does the fermentation change it? I take a Probiotic daily. If I eat certain foods it upsets my stomach. You know, gas, bloating, etc, not much fun. Also I am a vegetarian. I try to watch what I eat and drink alcohol in moderation. Your articles are very informative. They are well written. I will read more.

      Teresa

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      fucsia 

      8 years ago

      Very informative Hub. Some of this news I did not know... what's about mustard? I Love it, and I use it very often, for example in my salad. I like its taste and I know it low in calorie

    • Money Glitch profile image

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Good hub with some basic ingredients that every household needs. Thanks for sharing, Thumbs up!

    • heart4theword profile image

      heart4theword 

      8 years ago from hub

      Very good, never heard anything about ketchup or horseradish. Always nice to learn something new:) Great Job!

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I've heard of a couple of these being good for you but will have to add the others to my 'mental list'! Great info.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image

      theherbivorehippi 

      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      OH my gosh....I don't eat any of these! Maybe I need to start? lol I do like hot sauce...perhaps I should put a bottle on my grocery list!! Fabulous information here!

    • LivingFood profile image

      LivingFood 

      8 years ago

      I love ketchup, but had no clue organic was good for you... I will check the health food store next time I go.

      And honey has amazing healing properties! I burnt myself a few months ago, (second degree burn) and treated it at home with honey and it healed very nicely without getting infected.

      Excellent info!

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I had no idea Sauerkraut provided these benefits. I only consume it once a year; when I eat the occassional hotdog. I would love to know how to incorporate it into other dishes.

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