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Using Herbs and Spices

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Alison Miksch

This "pine-y"-flavored herb boasts high levels of antioxidant activity, thanks to two powerful free-radical eliminators -- carnosol and rosmarinic acid. Research shows that rosemary may help fight cancers of the breast, lung, and skin. The herb may also offer a promising food safety feature: Its antioxidant activity may reduce the production of heterocyclic amines, carcinogens that form when meats are cooked at extremely high temperatures (like on a grill).

Spice Up Your Diet

Mix it in an aromatic marinade for grilled chicken; spruce up stuffing with a couple of teaspoons, or use fresh sprigs as skewers for shish kebabs on the grill (just be sure to soak them in water first so they don't catch fire).

Try: Rosemary-Spiced Red Potatoes

Instead of: potato chips and dip

Slim-down recipe: Slice four medium-size red potatoes into six wedges each. Toss with 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary, and a pinch of salt. Bake at 450 degrees, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender and the edges are crisp (makes four servings; six wedges each).

You save: 66 calories, 13 fat grams.

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