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Health | Spicing things up with a bit of sumac

You may be familiar with this incredible spice, but if not listen up!

 

This ancient herb Sumac is made from ruby coloured berries that are ground into a beautiful, coarse powder that bursts with colour and flavour and has been under stated for centuries.

 

If you grew up in a Middle Eastern household, however, you probably have more familiar knowledge of this super spice.

 

It’s known as a souring agent that’s a fantastic substitute for lemon or vinegar, and is great to use on kebabs, fish or chicken. It’s been used to add tangy, fresh flavours in Lebanese, Syrian, Armenian, and Iranian cooking for many years and you could not walk through a street food marketplace without seeing it everywhere around you.

 

You see, Sumac is the secret ingredient in endless Middle Eastern mezzes, salads, rice dishes, stews, and kebabs. It’s also the primary element and focal point of za’atar, a very popular and timeless Middle-Eastern spice blend of sumac, oregano, thyme, sesame seeds, and marjoram.

And thanks to its beautiful, rich, deep red colour, sumac is the perfect finishing touch for dips, vegetables, grains, and more.

 

It’s so simple to use. Just sprinkle it on rice, grains, salads, and any type of flat breads. You can also add it vegetables, eggs, or incorporate it into roasted nuts.

 

You can rub this delicious spice on meat, fish, or poultry before you cook to add an amazing tantalizing flavour, and a power kick of health enhancing substance to all your dishes.

 

What can it do for your health?

 

Sumac is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory spices out there, so introducing this potent spice to your regular cooking can increase your immune system, which let’s face it this time of year, needs all the help it can get. It’s packed with anti-oxidants, which boost your body’s ability to get rid of free radicals that can cause cancer and heart disease.

 

Would you also like to ward off signs of aging? Well Sumac can be of benefit to help you stay looking young! It’s also be extremely beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes, because it helps reduce blood sugar levels and it’s also effective in regulating cholesterol levels and may even reduce bone loss.

 

Daily intake of Sumac, according to studies, for three months or more, will lower the risk of cardiovascular disease among people with type 2 diabetes, and can help with muscle pain and tension.

 

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