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Vegan Meal Planning: Anti Bloating Spices That Should Be In Every Pantry

by | February 15, 2019

If you ever wondered about natural ways to combat bloating, here’s list of anti bloating spices that can make vegan meal planning a lot more easy and healthier.

Contrary to popular belief, spices can actually be healing and good for digestion if used judiciously. They can help you combat the flatulence forming effects of fiber-rich cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower. If you’re someone who shudders at the thought of a hearty meal of beans, legumes and cabbage, this article is for you. Using some of the anti bloating spices described below, you can laugh at the fart jokes without being at the butt of it.

Vegan Meal Planning: Anti Bloating Spices That Should Be In Every Pantry
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Vegan Meal Planning: Anti Bloating Spices That Should Be In Every Pantry

Asafoetida (Heeng)

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Asafoetida is a well known anti-flatulent that is an integral part of cooking in the Indian subcontinent. It is even used as a natural medicine in frequent bloating episodes that cause discomfort. It is an oleo gum resin derived from the root and rhizome of Ferula asafoetida plant. In a study about the efficiency of asafoetida in providing relief from functional dyspepsia, it has been found that 81% of the subjects showed an overall improvement in the symptoms.

Tips to include it in diet: Avail anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits of asafoetida by including it in main course meals. If you find the smell too pungent for your liking, start by introducing it in half the size of a pinch. Add to your curries or temper the lentils with asafoetida. It is an acquired taste but won’t show up as smelly breaths like garlic.

Carom Seeds (Ajwain)

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Carom seeds are one of the most widely used anti bloating spices that have a distinct aroma and flavor. The taste is somewhat bitter like oregano. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant rich spice that prevents bloating if used in small quantities.

Tips to include it in diet: Include just a pinch of carom seeds while baking vegan breads or cooking green beans, bean pods, taro roots etc. You can also prepare an anti-bloating drink by boiling a quarter tea spoon of carom seeds in one cup water. Drink it empty stomach for optimum results.

Cumin (Zeera)

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Cumin seeds looks like close cousins of carom seeds, however, the smell, taste and aroma is way different from each other. Cumin seeds aren’t as bitter in taste nor anywhere near pungent smelling like carom seeds. It is impossible to imagine cooking Indian cuisines without the staple, cumin seeds. This anti-bloating spice has long been known to aid digestion, relieve constipation and prevent flatulence. The Thymol present in cumin stimulates the secretion of bile juice which is responsible for digestion of food in stomach.

Tips to include it in diet: You can include it in a variety of cooked veggies or make anti-bloating drink by boiling it with water and drinking it first thing in the morning.

Fennel Seeds

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Well, these are my favorite of all anti bloating spices. They taste borderline sweet and are pleasant smelling. Fennel seeds are so popular that almost every restaurant in India serves crystal sugar and fennel seeds after dinner as digestive aid. The carminative property of fennel seeds makes it one of the most effective anti bloating spices used in a number of curries and main course meals. It stimulates the production of gastric juices and even eases constipation since it is rich in dietary fiber.

Tips to include it in diet: Eat raw or roasted as an after dinner digestive aid or use while cooking veggies. For best results, roast it in a deep skillet and eat with a pinch of sea salt.

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