Spices 101

Spices 101

The Upside to Eating Your Spices  

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.

On top of the long list of vitamins and minerals they deliver, spices have been proven to boost digestion, increase immunity, and fight inflammation. Whether mixed into coffee or rubbed into a roast, spices pack a wallop of nutritive benefits even when consumed in small amounts.

For maximum health benefits, eat your spices regularly. But we know that’s not so straightforward for the average cook. That’s why we started Countertop.

Countertop is founded on the idea that if you remove the junk that has been used in every cooking staples for decades (chemicals, sugar, fillers, bad salts), and you replace them with thoughtfully blended herbs and spices, not only do you make more interesting and flavorful food, you are also adding powerful, functional health into everything you eat. With  clean label, no additives, and absolutely no sacrifice in flavor!

We use all of these spices throughout our products to elevate everyday eating.

Asafoetida: The Extra Chill

Made from the dried sap of ferula plant roots (they’re in the carrot family), asafoetida has been used to help with respiratory conditions, anxiety, cramps, and restlessness since the Roman Empire. It’s nutritive combination of calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, and B Vitamins is as essential today as ever.

Black Pepper :The Workhorse

A superhero in plain sight, black pepper is a staple on every kitchen countertop and table. Packed with manganese and Vitamin K, pepper stimulates the taste buds to get hydrochloric acid going, revving up digestion. It brings out the best in food, and other spices: when combined with black pepper, turmeric becomes 5,000 times more bio-available.

Cinnamon : The Equalizer

Mineral-rich cinnamon’s true superpower is keeping blood sugar levels in check, which in turn helps lower the chances of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, muscle aches, and digestive issues.

Cardamom: The Super Soother

Loaded with naturally occurring minerals calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin C, cardamom is the go-to spice for mellowing out respiratory ailments, colds and flus, and sluggish, unhappy guts.

Cumin: The Body’s BFF

The whole world loves cumin for its digestion-friendly ways. Packed with vitamins and minerals from A to zinc (and especially rich in copper, iron, and calcium), it also helps fortify bones and boost production of healthy red blood cells.

Fenugreek: The Regulator

Antibacterial and antiviral fenugreek naturally ups enzyme production in the body, helping to normalize and stabilize blood sugar levels, boost digestion, and improve immunity.

Ginger: The Cure-All

Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral, ginger is pro phytonutrients, especially potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin C. Loved all over the world as a digestive aid, it calms upset stomachs while improving nutrient absorption and circulation.

Nutmeg: The Neutralizer

Like a big hug in spice form, cozy nutmeg warms the body from the inside out, aiding digestion with heat. With natural analgesic properties, it can have positive effects on pain, depression, and stress.

Rosemary : The Secret Agent

Rosemary does double duty as a savory aromatic and antiviral heavy weight, wiping out bad bacteria like HCA without harming healthy enzymes. A good source of Vitamins A, C, B6 and folate, thiamin, and manganese, it can help lower stress, inflammation, and blood sugar.

Saffron: The Happy Maker

The most expensive spice in the world, saffron contains both crocin and safranal – two compounds known for protecting mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It’s also one of the best blood purifiers around and may prevent anxiety, insomnia, and memory loss.

Sage: The Clock-Stopper

Sage has been used for centuries as a natural preservative, maintaining freshness and staving off unwanted germs especially in meat and poultry. On top of it’s antiseptic abilities, it’s a vitamin and mineral-rich anti-inflammatory linked to protecting against osteoporosis and memory loss, and naturally boosts moods.

Turmeric: The Superstar

Cancer-fighter, heart-helper, immunity booster, and digestive aid. Is there anything that turmeric doesn’t do?It’s one and only edible source of star antioxidant curcumin, and one of the best spices for overall health, wellness, and vitality.

What are your cooking staples? Shop our Bundles or try our Countertop Mini sample set to find what’s right for you and save too.


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