A spice is any dried part of a plant (except for the leaves) used for flavoring, coloring or preserving foods. Dried seeds, fruits, roots, berries and bark can all be used for these purposes but spices can have a profound effect on your health, too. According to a 2006 article published in the Medical Journal of Australia, spices (as well as herbs) deliver antioxidants and other important bioactive components and can be used in recipes to replace less healthy ingredients, such as sugar.
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