Cumin Health Benefits, Nutrition and Spice Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Cumin Spice

  • The health properties of cumin for digestive complaints have been popular for centuries. This wonderful spice can assist with indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, nausea, atonic dyspepsia and morning sickness.
  • Cumin seeds contain a good amount of iron and are believed to help secrete enzymes from your pancreas that help absorb vitamins and minerals into your body.
  • As the spice is rich in essential oils that function as disinfectants, it is a great decongestive for those who are affected by respiratory concern, such as bronchitis and asthma.
  • Recent reports have claimed that the seeds of cumin contain also anti-carcinogenic attributes and are useful to help protect against cancer.
  • Cumin is thought to help reduce the symptoms of cold as it has antiseptic properties.
  • The iron in cumin is also excellent for breast feeding moms and also females who are having menses or pregnant. Iron is a mineral that is useful to improve the situation of people having anemia.
  • Cumin is abundant with vitamin E. The volatile oils found in it contain anti-fungal and disinfectant benefits. This inhibits fungal and microbial infection from happening on your skin. 

Overview and Facts about Cumin Spice

Cumin Spice Seeds

Cumin (scientific name Cuminum cyminumis) belongs to the family of Apiacea and cultivated natively in east of India and the eastern Mediterranean.

Available whole or ground, cumin seeds can be found in three unique colors: amber, black or white. Amber is commonly available, but the seeds in black feature a very complex flavor that it should never be replaced for the other two.

Cumin is often used in Mexican and Indian cuisine. It is found in chili powder or curry powder. People who regularly eat dishes prepared by cumin may release a distinct odor from their skin. 

Cumin Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutrition Information of 1 tablespoon (6 g) Whole  Cumin Seeds
Calories 22 kcal
Total Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 10 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 1 g


Cumin Recipe

Potato Salad with Cumin Recipe

  • 450 g baby potatoes
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • A handful of parsley herb, chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  • Wash the potatoes thoroughly, cutting them into quarters or halves, depending on the sizes. Place the potatoes in salted water and bring to a boil. Continue to boil until the potatoes become tender or around 20 minutes. Drain the water.
  • Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan until hot. Put in red onion and cumin seeds and heat over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until fragrant. Pour the mixture over the potatoes, pour the lemon juice over, then sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add in the parsley herb, and toss lightly to coat. Serve. 

Cumin Side Effects

Cumin is normally safe when taken in food amounts and should be safe for the majority adults in correct medicinal amounts. The adverse reactions of cumin are unknown.

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