Spices 101: Cloves

Spices 101: Cloves

We all have the power to turn our everyday food into superfood: just add spice.

Spices have been a hot commodity for thousands of years. Literally. At times, salt has ranked more valuable than gold. Cultures all over the world have turned to dried seeds and roots, cracked, ground, or cooked whole, to preserve their foods, strengthen their reserves, and nourish and heal their bodies.

At Countertop, we use the power of spices like turmeric, cardamom, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, asafoetida, cloves, and more, to help you cook delicious food with maximum health in minimum time.

 

Why we love Cloves

Warming cloves evoke everything sweet, spicy, and homey about the winter holiday season and also get an A for being some of the most powerful and effective antioxidants. ⁣

Why are we against oxidants again? Because they damage our cells and the genetic material inside. Antioxidants stop free radicals from forming or neutralize them so they can’t do any more harm. And when we say harm… we mean oxidative stress has been connected to Alzheimer’s and dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases and more. And guess where these buggers come from? We make them. Our bodies literally make them when we process the food we’ve eaten, and they also come from external toxins like smoke, pollution, and alcohol.

So, let’s stay away from external toxins, and give ourselves a little self-love via working some cloves in our diet. (And no, you can’t just take a pill for antioxidants, they need to be through plants/food in order to actually work)⁣.

Cloves are natural antibacterials. ⁣And because antibacterial wipes and sprays and gels are ubiquitous these days, it may make you think along those lines and not want antibacterial in your mouth. But that’s exactly where antibacterial cloves should be. The antibacterial property in them minimizes the spread of bacteria (aka sugar buggies), can help treat gingivitis and periodontitis. It also can ease infections and fight disease-causing bacteria in your body. ⁣

Cloves can also freshen breath… and help get rid of hiccups!⁣

To get some of this amazing spice in your diet, we recommend our Happy Honey, which is full of adaptogens and mood boosters as well. Our other products that contain cloves are Chai, Grill and Golden Butter.

 

Countertop is passionate about helping you cook delicious food with maximum health in minimum time. Our products re-imagine every day staples like butter, sweetener and seasonings into minimally processed, easy to use, outrageously delicious functional blends that turn the foods you already love into superfoods. Read more about our Countertop story here.

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