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Using Herbs and Spices

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Alison Miksch
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Antioxidant and antibacterial properties help explain a University of Illinois at Chicago study that suggests cinnamon-flavored gum may fight bad breath. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers, the spice may also aid in glucose control: Having as little as 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily may improve blood glucose levels and lower cholesterol, particularly in people with type 2 diabetes.

Spice Up Your Diet

Sprinkle it on squash or sweet potatoes, or add to coffee grounds before you brew.

Try: Blueberry Hot Cereal

Instead of: instant oatmeal

Slim-down recipe: Combine 1/2 cup rolled oats and 1 cup of water and cook. Stir in 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.

You save: 100 calories.

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