Cumin is valuable ingredient here at SoLé Soups, and you’ll find a great example of its deliciousness in our fan favorite Foundational Flavor, Cauliflower Soup. Cumin isn’t just incredibly tasty, it’s also good for you, so much so that it’s been an ingredient in traditional medicines for thousands of years. It has a distinct earthy, spicy, and warm flavor, bringing depth to any dish it touches. The next time you grab a Cauliflower Soup for lunch in Thousand Oaks or Agoura Hills, we want you to think about all the good you’re doing for your body with every delightful spoonful!
First and foremost, one of the benefits cumin is best known for is its digestive benefits. It’s been used to alleviate indigestion for generations, and science has recently backed up this claim with real life research. It’s believed that cumin increases digestive enzyme activity within the body, which may speed up digestion and stop food from sitting too long in the gut. Additionally, cumin is believed to increase bile release from the liver, which helps to break down fats and other nutrients from food.
Cumin is also a great natural source of iron. One single teaspoon of ground cumin contains about 17% of the recommended daily iron intake for the average adult, allowing it to contribute iron to any recipe even in small amounts. Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world, affected as many as 20% of the global population.
Cumin may also act as an anti-inflammatory, with test tube studies of cumin extracts showing promising results against various types of inflammation. Researchers believe that certain plant compounds in cumin might be responsible for these recent anti-inflammatory findings.
Lastly, for those with high cholesterol, cumin may be able to decrease unhealthy blood triglycerides. Cumin has been found to potentially lower LDL, or “bad”, cholesterol while raising levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. In a healthy lunch, the addition of cumin could be a simple way to bring great flavor while giving your body a little something extra it needs!
A dash of cumin adds depth, nuance, and spice to any dish, but it’s also giving your body a little boost at the same time. At our SoLé SoupS Studios we love embracing the complex flavor profile of cumin while celebrating its potential as a superfood style seasoning.