Food Focus: Cumin Seeds

Not only do these tiny seeds add a gently spiced, nutty flavour to dishes, they also provide a host of health benefits. Here’s why I eat them most days:

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Health Benefits

  • Digestion

Research has suggested that cumin might stimulate the release of certain enzymes which are necessary for optimal digestion and nutrient-absoption1.  It also helps to strengthen the digestive tract, which in turn helps to ease constipation, relieve nausea and reduce bloating2.

  • Anti-inflammatory antioxidants

Cumin possesses antiseptic3, antibactieral4, and antifungal properties5.

  • Cancer prevention

Cumin might also have anti-carcinogenic properties. In one study, rats which consumed cumin did not develop tumours like their counterparts, due to its ability to detoxify the liver and prevent free radical damage6.

  • Iron

The seeds are a great source of iron with two teaspoons providing 16% of the Daily Recommended Intake7. Use in conjunction with other high-iron foods such as grass-fed beef, sardines and leafy green vegetables.

For a full nutritional profile click here.

How I use them

  • As a condiment

I sprinkle some whole seeds over steamed vegetables with ghee. It adds a warming flavour without being too spicy.

  • In recipes

Try my Roasted Cauliflower & Cumin Soup – find the recipe on the blog on Saturday.

In the meantime, here are some of my other recipes which use cumin:

Keto Kedgeree

Chicken Curry with Fresh Ginger Cauli-rice

Curried Brussels Sprouts with Eggs

 

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