What is in Pumpkin Spice?
If it seems as if pumpkin spice season comes earlier each year, you're not imagining things. Pumpkin spice lattes have officially arrived at coffee shops. But before you order a cup, drink this in: The flavor can be composed of more than 300 elements—and pumpkin isn’t one of them.
It’s pretty simple, actually. Not only does it taste good, but these spices are good for you too.
Cinnamon is the base of pumpkin spice and has anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with antioxidants. Some studies show that it can also help with blood sugar balance.
Ginger adds that spicy aspect and is very beneficial to health, boosting the immune system and reducing nausea if that’s an issue for you.
Clove has a strong, astringent flavor and unique antioxidants that are used in pain relief and have been shown to kill bacteria.
Nutmeg is best when freshly grated. It’s so delicious on eggnog and eggnog baked goods and is a wonderful anti-inflammatory and potential immune booster.
Allspice is not always used but we really like it. Keep in mind, a very little bit because it’s so strong in flavor. Use allspice to soothe the stomach.
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