Christmas spices

Christmas time is cookie time. But while children tend to gawk at gingerbread, cinnamon stars, and speculoos, parents often have concerns. After all, Christmas spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are not entirely safe. However, if you do not overdo it with the sweets and are informed about the ingredients of the cookies, you have nothing to fear. On the contrary - in moderation enjoyed many Christmas spices even health-promoting effects. An overview of cinnamon, clove, cardamom & Co. provides information about the good and bad sides of the six most popular Christmas spices.

Cinnamon - the classic among the Christmas spices

With cinnamon stars, gingerbread and spice cuts, cinnamon is indispensable. With its intense smell, cinnamon is almost the epitome of a Christmas spice. This is the flavoring coumarin, which provides for the characteristic cinnamon taste, controversial. It is said to damage the liver and even have a carcinogenic effect. This is also true, but only if coumarin is taken in large quantities.

adult can safely consume up to 0.1 milligrams of coumarin per day. So much is in 15 cinnamon stars. at small children is it less? You should not eat more than three cinnamon stars a day.

It is also worth paying attention to which cinnamon you use for baking. For while cassia cinnamon usually contains a lot of coumarin, can be found in Ceylon cinnamon hardly or no coumarin.

Anyone who adheres to this rule, has nothing to fear from cinnamon and can confidently enjoy the positive effects of the Christmas spice. Not only does it stimulate digestion, it also stimulates circulation, blood circulation, appetite and fat burning.

Anise: For cough and digestive problems

Anise tastes of licorice and caraway and is a popular ingredient in the Christmas bakery for speculoos, spiced slices and, of course, anise biscuits.

Anis finds its use not only in biscuits and Christmas cookies, but is because of his mucolytic effect also commonly found in cough syrups. In addition, anise promotes digestion and relieves cramps, tension, bloating and headaches.

Nutmeg - healthy in small quantities

Little nut, big impact: While nutmeg critics attribute a hallucinogenic effect, fans are gushing about their aphrodisiac, stimulating fragrance. The fact is that the nut is indeed poisonous. Therefore, the nutmeg should never be eaten whole, but only in small quantities. Even four grams can lead to intoxication in adults, in children already a smaller amount is enough.

A pinch of grated nutmeg in cookie or gingerbread dough has not hurt anyone yet. With such small amounts, the benefits of nutmeg are more apparent: Naturopaths rely on the soothing, blood circulation-promoting effect the nutmeg.

In addition, nutmeg alleviate rheumatic complaints and muscle pain, and help against gastrointestinal disorders and sleep disorders.

Vanilla for a good mood

The classic vanilla may be missing in almost no Christmas cookies. Whether as vanilla sugar or grated directly from the pod - the sweetish taste of vanilla gives every cookie variety that special something. In addition, vanilla is also quite a legal one Mood. The smell of vanilla provides for the release of happiness hormones, strengthens the nerves and calms down.

If you want to get through the Christmas season, you should set up a vanilla scented candle in the apartment. The smell dispels the cravings for sweets. In addition, the smell of vanilla is similar to the human sexual attractants and has one aphrodisiac effect.

Cloves as a medicinal plant in mulled wine and cookies

Clove flowers are not only often used to decorate cookies, but also serve as an important spice in sweet and savory foods. Of course, at Christmas time, this is especially true for gingerbread or Linzer cookies.

Due to its many positive qualities, the carnation was named medicinal plant of the year in 2010. Because the carnation works:

  • strong analgesic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • reassuring
  • disinfectant
  • antispasmodic
  • appetizing

In mulled wine, the carnation (as a powder) is also used on the Christmas market during the Advent season.

Cardamom: Stomach-sparing spice from Asia

Gingerbread, speculoos and Christmas stollen are hard to imagine without the sweet and spicy taste of cardamom. But the spice refines not only Christmas cookies, but also protects the stomach and helps with digestive problems.

The Asian spice cardamom from the ginger family also works stimulating and helps with cough, asthma and bad breath.

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