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The Spice Is Right: Healthy Recipes That Turn Up the Heat

Lose the fat but not the flavor! These seven zesty, spicy recipes kick up the taste, cut calories, and protect your health.
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Are whole spices better than ground ones?
Whole spices generally have more flavor, so buy them and grind them yourself whenever possible, says Dave Grotto, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life. However, when it comes to your health, whole and ground spices are equally good for you. The antioxidants in them are retained during the grinding process.

What's the best way to store spices?
Heat, air, and light can cause spices to lose their flavor, so keep them in tightly closed containers in a cool, dry place.

How long should I keep spices?
They start to lose their flavor and health benefits after three months. Toss them after six.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2009.