Interested in Indian food? Want to try some Thai?
Some ethnic foods and ingredients not only have powerful, distinctive flavors, they might have nutritional and health benefits, according to Janet Carver, a culinary team leader at Ingredion, Inc., an Illinois-based food ingredient manufacturer formerly called Corn Products. And, using ethnic spices can help a cook reduce salt and fat without diminishing flavor, said Carver.
Studies have reported that ginger, found in many Asian foods, reduces muscle pain and soreness. Cinnamon may help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Turmeric, ginger and garlic may block fat absorption. Oregano has as many antioxidants as spinach.
“Ethnic recipes can deliver over two grams of spices and herbs per serving," said Diego Serrano, director of product development at McCormick & Co, a spice and seasoning company. For example, Indian food typically contains twice as many spices as usual American fare.
Source: Institute of Food Technologists
— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin