Caraway seeds and cumin seeds can help with digestive issues like bloating and gas. (Image: Spring / stock.adobe.com)
Spices Help Solve Digestive Problems
Flatulence, bloating and abdominal pain: Everyone has digestive problems from time to time. In most cases, however, it is possible to dispense with medication. Finally, natural home remedies are also available. Certain spices can also help with digestive problems.
Most people are familiar with digestive issues. The causes can be stress or a change in eating habits, among others. If the symptoms persist, you need to take action against them – for example with home remedies or with spices such as caraway and cumin.
Caraway has a beneficial effect on the stomach
As the Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE) writes in a current press release, caraway and cumin are often confused in the kitchen. The fruits look very similar, but there are big differences in taste. Caraway has a coarse and spicy aroma, but it is significantly milder than the cumin used in oriental cuisine.
According to experts, caraway (Carum carvi) is one of the oldest spices in Europe and, like cumin, belongs to the botanical family of Umbelliferae. The biennial grass forms a rosette with finely pinnate leaves in the first year, and fruits only ripen from white umbels in the second year. As the BZfE explains, “caraway seeds” have a dark brown surface with yellowish veins.
Caraway seeds are often used for typical German dishes such as sauerkraut and cabbage. It contains carvone essential oil, which has a beneficial effect on the stomach and aids in the digestion of heavy dishes such as fatty meat and cheese dishes.
In addition, the spice refines Bavarian Obazda, Harz cheese and rye bread, but also stews and baked potatoes with incomparable taste. It goes very well with peppers, onions and garlic. If the aroma of the caraway seeds is too intrusive, you can add a little grated lemon zest.
Cumin has a positive effect on digestion
Cumin (Cuminum cyminum), also called cumin, is common in warm regions such as India, North Africa, and the Middle East. The fruits are a bit bigger and lighter than caraway seeds. According to the BZfE, the essential oil of cuminaldehyde is responsible for its characteristic aroma, which combines sweet-bitter and warm-earthy notes with a certain acuity.
Cumin is mainly used in oriental dishes such as couscous, hummus, and falafel. The spice pairs well with legumes such as lentils and beans and is part of well-known spice blends such as curry and garam masala. Cumin is also a medicinal plant which, like caraway, has a positive effect on digestion. Both herbs promote appetite and help relieve bloating and gas.
Caraway and cumin are commercially ground and available as whole seeds. Because the aroma wears off quickly, it is a good idea to crush the fruit shortly before use or squeeze it with the flat side of the knife. The aroma of cumin can be intensified by briefly roasting the seeds in a frying pan without fat. (a d)
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