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Spice Up Your Health

A new study finds that the sauces you use to marinade your meat may provide unforeseen health benefits -- especially if you never fire up the barbecue.

Common marinades may be more than just tasty sauces -- they can also provide a major source of natural antioxidants. Foods rich in antioxidants play an essential role in preventing cardiovascular diseases, cancers, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, inflammation and problems associated with cutaneous aging.

Researchers were able to show for the first time the impact of marinating and cooking meat on the antioxidant status of seven different popular brands and flavors of marinade containing herbs and spices as primary ingredients. The research found very good quantities of antioxidants in all seven sauces -- but that marinating meat prior to cooking reduced antioxidant levels by 45 to 70 percent.

Despite the high percentage of antioxidant loss following marinating and cooking, the sauces still provide benefits over cooking meat without them.

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