Caraway has been around since the dawn the Stone Age evidenced by the discovery of the seeds in prehistoric sites. An organic superfood that has been a part of our ancestors’ daily life as a source of food and medicine.
The earliest recorded use of this spice has been found in tombs of Pharaohs and in the medical papyrus of Thebes in ancient Egypt. In ancient Rome, caraway roots were combined with milk to make bread and given to Roman soldiers. It was extensively used in German and Austrian cooking to give flavor to their sausages, cheese, breads and cakes. It was even thought to have magical power to protect children from witches.
This organic superfood is a biennial plant whose name was derived from the Arabic word al-karwiya. It can grow to about two feet in height and produces lovely creamy florets in clusters with tiny feathery leaves. Caraway seed is technically not a seed, but a small ripe fruit which has the same appearance as cumin except that it has a darker brown color and a crescent shape. A warm scented organic superfood that is related to fennel, anise and dill.
Caraway is a wonderful source of important vitamins like vitamin A, C, E, as well as vitamin B complex that includes niacin, pyridoxine, thiamin and riboflavin. It also houses a huge number of essential trace mineral such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and phosphorus.
Health benefits of this incredible organic superfood:
Loaded with around 20% protein make caraway an excellent source of plant based protein that is required for the proper growth, repair and upkeep of the body cells.
It is rich in fatty acids like omega 3 with anti-inflammatory qualities to help prevent heart disease, omega 6 that can lower cholesterol level and promote skin care.
It’s also a storehouse of flavonoid antioxidants that can effectively neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals that often results to macular degeneration and other form of cancers.
It has a compound called carone that is proven effective in relieving gas or flatulence. Caraway can prevent bloating by inhibiting the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract, so your stomach does not look big after eating.
Combining both oils of caraway and peppermint becomes a potent recipe to treat heartburns. Best of all, this wholesome organic superfood has no glycemic index score at all. It is also zero in cholesterol and sodium content and very low in calorie.
For safety reasons, pregnant women are advised to avoid caraway as it may cause miscarriage. Individuals with low sugar level should also stay away from this spice which is known to lower blood sugar. It may also cause skin rashes and severe itching to some persons with sensitive skin.
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The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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