Pop quiz: What has more sugar? A can of soda or a large pumpkin spice latte from a coffee house? Unfortunately for those devoted to this favorite Autumn drink, it’s the latter. These sweet drinks certainly come at a cost, both financially and within the realm of your health. If you’re ready to ditch the sugar, try our Homemade Keto Zone® Pumpkin Spice!
Not only does this delicious spice mix use only 5 all-natural spices, it’s also sugar-free! You can add it to just about anything, from coffee to desserts to snacks.
Here’s how to make it, and the amazing things it can do for you!
Keto Zone Homemade Pumpkin Spice
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
- Simply mix ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and black pepper.
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Supports Whole Body Health
Sure, you could buy pumpkin spice flavoring, syrup, or sugars. But if you did, you’d not only succumb to drinking spoonfuls of sugar, you’d also miss out on the amazing benefits of real spices.
On the other hand, real Homemade Pumpkin Spice is full of ingredients that boast powerful, potent nutritional compounds. Each of the five spices is beneficial for human health. Here’s how.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Ingredients
First, there’s ginger. Ginger contains gingerols, powerful compounds known for many medicinal functions. In addition to fighting joint pain, ginger offers these health benefits:
- Effective against nausea (perhaps more than medications) (1, 2)
- Reduces risk of harmful cell overgrowth(3, 4)
- Anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants (5)
- Anti-Bacterial to fight infections (6)
- Beneficial to cholesterol levels and heart health (7)
- Pain-Fighter for muscle and menstrual pain (8)
- Superfood with functional medicine properties (9)
Read more about ginger’s benefits here.
Next, cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant food. It is also one of the oldest and most popular spices on the plant. In fact, cinnamon:
- Promotes strong anti-inflammatory reactions (10)
- Is a potent antioxidant
- Reduces insulin resistance and promotes healthy blood sugars (11)
- Fights bacteria (12)
Read more about these amazing benefits here.
Cloves are a vibrantly colored and aromatic spice. They contain a robust volatile oil called eugenol. Amazingly, in the human body cloves:
- Help balance appetite and hunger
- Promote healthy blood sugars and glucose metabolism (13).
- Fight free radicals, oxidative stress, inflammation, and pain (14).
- Reduce oral bacterial load and tooth pain (15)
Much like cloves and the other spices listed here, nutmeg has compounds that work at the cellular level to improve health. Nutmeg’s medicinal volatile oils include myristicin, elemicin, eugenol, and safrole. Nutmeg:
- Is a powerful pain reliever with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (16)
- Promotes good oral health and fresh breath (17).
- Encourages restful sleep, brain health, alertness, and reduced stress (18)
In traditional medicinal practices, nutmeg is also thought to encourage healthy blood pressure, circulation, and digestion.
Too much nutmeg can be dangerous, though. It can actually have toxic effects when used in very large amounts, and especially in the form of volatile oils (rather than dried spices). When used in small amounts culinary preparations such as our Homemade Keto Zone Pumpkin Spice, there is very little risk. But if using them in other formulations, speak to an expert in the field or your health care professional to make sure you are not getting too large a dose (19).
5. Black Pepper
In every black peppercorn, there lies within a compound called piperine, potent antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory components. When consumed, piperine:
- Reduces sensation of pain, arthritis, and joint inflammation (20)
- Aids digestion by reducing bloating and fluid retention (21)
- Reduces risk of harmful cell overgrowth (22, 23)
- Supports heart health and optimal LDL and HDL cholesterol levels(24)
You can also get piperine in this amazing supplement!
If you pull up to a fast food window and order a drink with pumpkin spice, you’re not getting the real deal. On the other hand, the real deal offers a plethora of nutrients that work tirelessly in the body to promote health. Don’t skip our Homemade Keto Zone Pumpkin Spice. Instead, sprinkle it on everything this Halloween!