Expanded Belly: These spices help against a feeling of fullness.


Most people are familiar with digestive problems. The causes can be stress or changed eating habits. If the complaints continue one should proceed against it – approximately with household remedies or also with spices such as caraway and Kreuzkümmel.

Blähungen, fullness feeling and stomach pain: Probably each humans has to fight now and then with digesting complaints. However, taking medication can usually be avoided. Finally also natural household remedies are available. Certain spices can also help against digestive problems.

As the Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE) writes in a recent report, caraway and cumin are often confused in the kitchen. Although the fruits look very similar visually, there are great differences in taste. Caraway has a strong, spicy aroma, but is much milder than the cumin used in oriental cuisine.

Caraway has a soothing effect on the stomach

According to experts, caraway (Carum carvi) is one of the oldest spices in Europe and, like cumin, belongs to the botanical family of umbellifers. The biennial herb forms a rosette with finely pinnate leaves in the first year and only in the second year does the fruit ripen from the white umbels. As the BZfE explains, the “caraway seeds” have a dark brown surface with yellowish ribs.

In addition, the spice with the unmistakable taste refines Bavarian “Obazda”, Harz cheese and rye bread, but also stews and baked potatoes. It can be combined very well with paprika, onions and garlic. If the aroma of caraway is too intrusive, you can add some grated lemon peel.

Caraway is often used for typical German dishes such as sauerkraut and cabbage. It contains the essential oil carvone, which has a beneficial effect on the stomach and makes heavy foods such as fatty meat and cheese dishes easier to digest.

Cumin is mainly used for oriental dishes such as couscous, hummus and falafel. The spice goes very well with pulses such as lentils and beans and is a component of well-known spice mixtures such as curry and garam masala. Cumin is also a medicinal plant which, similar to caraway, has a positive effect on digestion. Both plants stimulate the appetite and help with bloatedness and flatulence.

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum), also called cumin, is common in warm regions such as India, North Africa and the Middle East. The fruits are slightly larger and lighter than those of cumin. According to the BZfE, the essential oil cuminaldehyde is responsible for its characteristic aroma, which combines sweetish-bitter and warm earthy notes with a certain pungency.

Spices help with digestive problems
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