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interesting food ingredients
While you may be used to only using certain ingredients in your foods, there are others that you could add to your recipes to revamp your diet and bring you health benefits. The best thing is that you may not need to put much effort in the kitchen to get the most from some of these ingredients. You just need to add them to your food and you start reaping incredible benefits as you consume the food.
Below are some unusual but amazing food ingredients:
Black Seed Oil
Black seeds are also referred to as black caraway, black cumin, black onion seeds, and kalonji. The seeds are from nigella sativa, a small plant that has white, pale purple, or blue flowers. It grows in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Western Asia. The plant has been in use as a natural remedy for centuries. It has also been used to add flavor to curries, bread, and pickles in the same way as oregano or cumin.
High-quality black seed oil is an excellent ingredient that is used in cooking, baking, and drinks. People can also consume black seed oil as capsules or apply it topically on their skin to bring benefits. Besides that, the oil can be added to massage oils, skincare products (homemade), fragrances, and shampoos. This oil is used because it is rich in thymoquinone, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. The compound could also have the potential to reduce tumors.
CBD is one of the many naturally occurring chemicals (cannabinoids) in the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plants like industrial hemp and marijuana. It is not psychoactive and does not make users high like THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.
For a long time, CBD has been used as an ingredient in skincare and beauty products. However, it is used more commonly by ingesting it in food and drinks such as gummy bears, sparkling waters, or as tinctures (luxury oil droppers). CBD oil may also be used in cooking, but heating must be avoided since excess temperatures can make it evaporate and lose it potency. For maximum benefits, CBD oil is usually used as a finishing touch on foods. It can be drizzled over pizza, eggs, avocado toast, and others or mixed into pesto.
Users need to be cautious as they buy CBD oil to avoid low quality or contaminated products. They should buy from trusted sellers such as Berkshire CBD,whose brands have proven themselves for years. CBD is associated with many health benefits including relieving pain, reducing stress and anxiety, treating insomnia, and many others. As such, using it in food will help users get these and other benefits.
People from North and South America have used the bark and pods of the mesquite plant for ages as a natural sweetener. It has a low GI (glycemic index) rating, so it can help to maintain the balance of blood sugar.
Mesquite is rich in fiber and protein and has a sort of vanilla flavor. This makes it a great ingredient in smoothies and baked products. Moreover, it mixes deliciously with cacao and users can have it in hot chocolate and other such hot beverages.
These are just a few interesting food ingredients that you could try to make your food more tasty and nutritious. They are natural products, so they have no risks of side effects, but you may need to sample them in small quantities to see which ones work for you and in what portions.