Christmas time is cookie time. But while children tend to gawk at gingerbread, cinnamon stars, and speculoos, parents often have concerns. After all, Christmas spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are not entirely safe. However, if you do not overdo it with the sweets and are informed about the ingredients of the cookies, you have nothing to fear. On the contrary - in moderation enjoyed many Christmas spices even health-promoting effects. An overview of cinnamon, clove, cardamom & Co provides information about the good and bad sides of the most popular Christmas spices.
With cinnamon stars, gingerbread and spice slices, cinnamon is almost indispensable. With its intense smell, cinnamon is almost the epitome of a Christmas spice. The aroma of coumarin, which provides the characteristic cinnamon taste, is controversial. It is said to damage the liver and even have a carcinogenic effect. This is also true, but only if coumarin is taken in large quantities.
Adults can safely consume up to 0.1 milligrams of coumarin per day. So much is in 15 cinnamon stars. In small children it is even less: they should not eat more than three cinnamon stars a day. Anyone who adheres to this rule, has nothing to fear from cinnamon and can confidently enjoy the positive effects of the Christmas spice. Not only does it stimulate digestion, it also stimulates circulation, blood circulation, appetite and fat burning.
Anise tastes of licorice and caraway and is popular in the Christmas bakery for speculoos, spice slices and, of course, anise biscuits. Anise is not only used in biscuits and Christmas biscuits, but is often also contained in cough syrup because of its expectorant effect. In addition, anise promotes digestion, relieves spasms, tension, bloating and headaches.
Small nut, great effect. While critics of nutmeg attribute a hallucinogenic effect, fans rave about their aphrodisiac, stimulating fragrance. The fact is that the nut is indeed poisonous. Therefore, the nutmeg should never be eaten whole, but only in small quantities. Even four grams can lead to intoxication in adults, in children already a smaller amount is enough.
A pinch of grated nutmeg in cookie or gingerbread dough has not hurt anyone yet. With such small amounts, the benefits of nutmeg are more apparent. Naturopaths rely on the calming, circulation-promoting effect of nutmeg. In addition, nutmeg alleviate rheumatic complaints and muscle pain, and help against gastrointestinal complaints and sleep disorders.
The classic vanilla may be missing in almost no Christmas cookies. Whether as vanilla sugar or grated directly from the pod - the sweetish taste of vanilla gives each cookie variety a special something. In addition, vanilla is also quite a legal mood enhancer. The smell of vanilla provides for the release of happiness hormones, strengthens the nerves and calms down.
If you want to be slim through the Christmas season, you should set up a vanilla scented candle in the apartment. The fragrance dispels the cravings for sweets. In addition, smell of vanilla resembles the human sexual attractants and thus has an aphrodisiac effect.
Clove flowers are not only commonly used to decorate cookies, but also serve as an important spice in sweet and savory foods. Of course, at Christmas time this is especially true for gingerbread or Linzer cookies. Due to its many positive qualities, the carnation was named medicinal plant of the year in 2010. The carnation has a strong analgesic, anti-inflammatory, soothing, disinfecting, antispasmodic and appetizing. In mulled wine the carnation (powder) is also used during the Advent season on the Christmas market.
Gingerbread, speculoos and Christmas stollen are hard to imagine without the sweet and spicy taste of cardamom. But the spice not only refines Christmas cookies, but also protects the stomach and helps with digestive problems. The Asian spice cardamom from the family of ginger family also has a stimulating effect and helps with cough, asthma and bad breath.