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The Spices


SpicesHaving a look at the pic above you might think that I am going to teach you something about cooking, or maybe I am watching Masala TV (a TV channel dedicated to cooking) a lot to give you some handy tips on nutrition value of shown spices.

I have never cooked anything, ever in my life and I would be, but a bad chef, if I ever try. Yet I am fond of good food, so quite often I watch Masala TV Channel, not to learn about cooking, but to see mouth-watering dishes decorated on a platter to be served.

When we go out for dining, we are presented with the menu card filled with a lot many mouth-watering dishes to satiate our taste buds. I kept wondering, at one point in time, we can only eat one or two meals at max then what is the point in having a long list of dishes with unusual name tags to choose from. Keep this point in mind and it will be explained later in the blog.

During my secondary class, biology was one of the subjects I was taught, in which the teacher gave us the detailed description of our digestive system. To give you an idea how our digestive system works here is an excerpt which (Health and Wellness) explains how our bodies turn the food, we eat, into energy:

“All parts of the body (muscles, brain, heart, and liver) need the energy to work. This energy comes from the food we eat.

Our bodies digest the food we eat by mixing it with fluids (acids and enzymes) in the stomach. When the stomach digests food, the carbohydrate (sugars and starches) in the food breaks down into another type of sugar, called glucose.

The stomach and small intestines absorb the glucose and then release it into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, glucose can be used immediately for energy or stored in our bodies, to be used later”.


If you look at the spices shown above, I don’t see any of the spices having a sugary flavor, yet everything we eat after going through the digestive system turns into glucose (a form of sugar), which provides energy to our body to work.

Did you notice something how mother nature has made your digestive system?

Our body accepts all kinds of piquant spices tasting so good to increase our appetite that we cannot avoid craving for it. It has the capability of digesting a diverse range of eatables, yet everything is ultimately turned into sugar (energy) in the end. Can we learn something out of this analogy?

There is a lesson hidden behind it for us that we come across situations and people in our lives, good at times but agonizingly bitter to the soul mostly (like the long list of appetizing food made from bitter spices, if taken separately), yet we have to learn to live with them and get a boost (like sugar does to our body) to lead our life worth living by making them part of our life and try extracting (learning) good things from them to make our life enjoyable (like the balanced combination of various spices adds flavor to our food)  by our sugary behavior, come what may.

Sajjad Hussain




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