South Beach Diet - Cooking with Herbs

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08-18-2004, 01:56 AM
Here are some interesting things about the herbs we add to our food. Thought I`de share...

Parsley:- contains large quantities of vit A & C, minerals iron, clacium, phosphorus and maganese.
*Strong diuretic and digestive tonic.

Ginger :- Containss vit A, B-complex and C... Minerals calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassiumand magnesium.
*Improves circulation and is anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory.

Garlic:- contains vit A. B1, C & E... Minerals selenium, germanium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium and zinc.
*Broad antimicrobial action and lowers cholesterol.

Rosemary:- contains Vit A & C, and minerals Iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc... also high in calcium.
* Stimulates circulation, may improve poor memory and aid concentration.

Cayenne/Chilli Pepper:- contains High quantities of Vit A & C, and minerals iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and sulfur.
* Fantastic for poor circulation and may also help with weight loss.

Kelp:- contains high amounts of iodine, also zinc, iron, magnese, copper, molybdenum and cobalt.
* May increase low metabolism via its effect on the thyroid gland.

Fennel:- contains potassium, sulphur and sodium.
* A broad digestive tonic, and may increase milk production if breastfeeding.

Peppermint:- contains vit A, B3 & C... and minerals magnesium, potassium, copper and silicon.
* A strong gastrointestinal antispasmodic useful in intestinal colic and irritable bowl syndrome.

Thyme:- contains Vit B-complex, C & D and mineral iodine.
* A strong antiseptic, great for tonsilitis, bronchitis, diarrhoea and as a digestive tonic.

Sage:- contains Vit A, B-complex and C, also calcium and potassium.
* Decreases excessive sweating, especially during Menopause and is a digestive tonic. Large amounts should be avoided in pregnancy and lactation. (may slow down milk production).

Basil:- aids digestion, anti nausea, repels mosquitos.

Coriander:- Removes mercury which may ener the blood stream when mercury fillings are removed... and from eating large amounts of swordfish, tuna and flake.

Rocket:- Eaten 10 mins before meals stimulates digestion.

08-18-2004, 10:03 AM
Great! Thank you for sharing that with us! :)
I had no idea coriander could do that...

08-18-2004, 10:12 AM
Great avatar, Loosenit! Thanks for the info. What is "rocket"?

08-18-2004, 10:17 AM
What is "rocket"?
You're kiddin' me, right? HOW small is that town you live in? :lol3:
It's a type of lettuce.

08-18-2004, 12:25 PM
This herb has a delicious hot peanut flavour and really brightens up an ordinary lettuce salad. Great as a bed for seafood too.
Rocket leaves are ideal to add to salads giving them a peppery and slight bittery flavour. It is ideal to add to Italian and tomato dishes and provides a unique flavour to stir-fries.
The older and larger the leaves are, the stronger the flavour will be. :)

08-18-2004, 12:31 PM
I hated to say that I had never heard of rocket so I googled it:

Also called arugula or roquette, this salad herb (actually a weed) enjoyed a burst of fame in the 1990s in bistros and posh restaurants and is now widely available in the packet salad sections of most big supermarkets. It has a peppery flavour and is delicious on its own, mixed with other salad leaves, on sandwiches or tossed through hot dishes such as pasta or rice. Also good in soups and sauces, whole or chopped, and as a base for chicken or fish.

I knew it as arugula. We don't call it Rocket in my part of the U.S.

08-18-2004, 12:39 PM
Being a smartass here but that's why gardeners use Latin terms for definite identification of plants. It's Eruca vesicaria ssp. sativa, for heaven's sake!
~~~~~~~~~running out of the room ~~~~~~

08-18-2004, 12:54 PM
Oh, arugula. I know what arugula is. Didn't know rocket at all. I also didn't know it's considered an herb.

08-18-2004, 02:27 PM
ARUGULA!! I use that every week. Well heck, why didn't ya just say arugula?!!!??!!!