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What is Five-Spice Powder Used For? Health Benefits and Side Effects of Five-Spice Powder in Food

Five-Spice Powder is a combination of five spices including sweet, bitter, salty, pungent and sour tastes. These spices include cinnamon, cloves, ground funnel seeds, sichuan pepper and star anise. It is used with greasy meat like pork, in stir fried vegetables and as a spice rub for chicken, duck and seafood. It is also used as a marinade. Ginger can also be one of the ingredients of this spice. Health benefits include the effects of these ingredients on the body. It also helps in sugar level regulation of diabetics, treatment of arthritis, reduction of cholesterol, treatment of diarrhea, curing of common cold, boosting memory, treating toothaches, eliminating bad breath and diminishing headache. Allergic reactions and liver damage include the side effects. Its use must be avoided with blood thinning agents.

by Margaret Walker on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 23:25

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