Sometimes it’s nice to read that some of the things we like are good for us too! Ginger snaps and coffee is a family favorite. Cooking with olive oil has become a way of life. And with a recent bout with gout we found that apple cider vinegar is part of the cure.
Health Benefits of Olive Oil
Olive Oil as an Anti-Inflammatory: Oleic acid, which is the most prominent fatty acid in olive oil can reduce inflammatory markers similar to C-Reactive Protein. Other antioxidants in olive oil work similar to ibuprofen, and 3.4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil has a similar effect to 10% of an ibuprofen dosage for pain relief.
Preventing Cancer: A potential contributing factor to cancer is oxidative damage, which olive oil antioxidants reduce. Oleic acid in olive oil is resistant to oxidation and can have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.
Improving Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Disease: One feature of Alzheimer’s Disease is a buildup of beta amyloid plaques in neurons inside of the brain. These plaques are protein tangles that substances in olive oil can help to clear away. Read more here: Olive Oil
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Most of us like vinegar on certain dishes for the flavor it adds to the food. Vinegar is good on cucumbers, tomatoes, and salads. However, some of us are not aware of the many benefits vinegar provides our bodies. Apple cider vinegar is a good home remedy for many things that ail us. According to an article on Hubpages.com, “Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Gives You Amazing Energy.”
Apple Cider Vinegar claims to be a cure for the following ailments:
- Sinus infections
- High cholesterol
- Flu, chronic fatique
- Acid reflux
- Sore throats
- Weight loss
Heath Benefits behind Ginger Snaps, also known as gingersnaps, ginger biscuits, or ginger nuts, is a globally popular biscuit based snack food. In the United States, the usual term is ginger snaps, and they are generally round drop cookies, usually between 3 mm (1/8-inch) and 6 mm (1/4-inch) thick, with prominent cracks in the top surface. Ginger snaps are flavored with powdered ginger and a variety of other spices, most commonly cinnamon, molasses and nutmeg. One recipe for these cookies contains maple syrup.
Because ginger snaps are crunchy and have a spiciness to them, they’re great when paired with coffee or tea. They are also delicious when served with gelato or ice cream. The contrasting textures and tastes complement one another. Ginger snaps can also be eaten right out of the box and can be nibbled on them throughout the day. This cookie has been around for hundreds of years, so you can feel good about munching on a treat with great heritage. Ginger snaps originated during the Middle Ages when ginger found its way from Southeast Asia to Europe. Then ginger snaps eventually found their way to America when Europe colonized the Americas. Ginger snaps were first made with molasses because molasses was much cheaper than granulated sugar, and the tradition was carried on because the flavor of the molasses was so tasty.
Not only are ginger snaps delicious to eat as a snack, but they have health benefits so you might want to keep a box always on hand. The ginger in ginger snaps possesses many health benefits.
A Brigham Young University study found that ginger worked better than dimenhydrinate, the active ingredient in over-the-counter motion-sickness medication, at preventing and treating motion sickness. For thousands of years, ginger has been used for its anti-inflammatory and pain relief qualities. Ginger can be used to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other muscular disorders according to the Journal of Medicinal Food. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger can destroy ovarian cancer cells. In addition, they also looked into how ginger could hinder the progression of colon cancer cells. Read more here about the benefits of ginger.