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Garam masala causes acidity or indigestion

Garam masala is an aromatic combination of spices predominantly used for adding flavor to Indian cuisine. It is also used in Pakistan and other South Asian countries.- pls delete It is made up of various species like coriander seeds, cumin, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, mustard seeds, fennel, black pepper and clove among others, and is a powerful spice that has a lot of benefits if added to your regular cooking. 


Garam masala’s nutritive values include high fiber elements, which are up to 16%, very low amounts of fats, and is a rich source of vitamins like vitamin A, Vitamin B and minerals like manganese and potassium.


There has been ample research done that proves that spices harbor antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumorigenic, anticarcinogenic, and glucose- and cholesterol-lowering properties. There is no evidence claiming that spices affect cognition and mood.


Benefits of Garam Masala:


As garam masala is a unique blend of many different spices, therefore it has a variety of benefits coming from each of the ingredients. Below is a list:


Improves digestion


The common idea that garam masala causes acidity is a myth as it rather stimulates appetite and improves digestion by boosting the release of gastric juices in the stomach. Ingredients such as cloves and cumin in it help relieve indigestion and prevent acidity. It keeps our gastrointestinal tract healthy by fighting issues like bloating and flatulence because of its carminative properties. 


Helps improve metabolism


Garam masala contains ingredients rich in phytonutrients, which help in boosting metabolism. People usually avoid warm food, but in reality, it helps to increase metabolism which is responsible for your energy level throughout the day, burning fat, and losing weight. When your metabolism is low, the efficiency of digesting food also lowers, which might cause other health issues like obesity, diabetes, etc.




Rich in antioxidants


Antioxidants are molecules which help in preventing cell damage which can cause skin problems, premature aging, etc. along with that antioxidants present in garam masala also helps fight inflammation, and detoxify our colon, kidney and liver. 


Helps maintain cholesterol


Garam masala contains pepper which is a powerful ingredient that helps in metabolizing energy by converting bad cholesterol in the body and this ensures that a person has more HDL which is a type of good cholesterol. Another ingredient is clove which is loaded with eugenol, is anti-inflammatory and helps relieve sore muscles. The old age-related muscle soreness which leads to cramps  can be avoided if one adds garam masala to their diet


Restores heart health 


The antioxidant properties in garam masala also help in restoring the health of the heart. Moreover, with a high metabolic rate and lower cholesterol, the chances of occurrence of a heart attack and stroke due to blockage are reduced if one incorporates garam masala into their diet. Garam masala is also rich in omega 6, which is required for a healthy heart.


Prevents cancer


Garam masala is rich in black pepper, known to lower the growth of free radicals in the body, which might lead to mutations and thus prevent cancer. Colon cancer threat is further diminished as garam masala keeps the intestine clean and alleviates the feeling of bloating, gas, and acidity when one consumes garam masala.


Helps in premenstrual cramps:


Premenstrual cramps and pains are mostly gas build-up and bloating due to hormonal activities along with some inflammations. Therefore women suffering from cramps get relief when they have garam masala as there are anti-inflammatory and flatulence relieving ingredients. Many women that have issues related to irregular blood during periods can find a solution in garam masala as it regulates body metabolism.


Protects skin and hair:


Garam masala’s antioxidant properties also help in restoring skin vitality. It ensures that black free radical damage caused to the skin cells is prevented. Thus dark spots on the skin and dark circles under the eyes are reduced. Adding garam masala to your diet regularly can help you achieve glowing skin with reduced dryness and aging. Garam masala consumption may lead to high metabolism and also results in better blood flow to the scalp which promotes hair growth.


Helps in maintaining oral health:


Garam masala is packed with cloves which is a very effective treatment for issues related to gums and teeth. Clove helps in keeping your teeth clean, makes your gums stronger and fights bad odor and tooth decay. 


Side-Effects & Allergies of Garam Masala


Garam masala may seem like a perfect spice but it has its share of ill effects which are:

  1. a) Pepper in large quantities may cause itching or rashes in the skin of some people.
  2. b) There are also cases where people experienced a burning sensation in the mouth. 
  3. c)   In some people, garam masala leads to diarrhea and vomiting. 
  4. d) If consumed in higher quantities, bloating is another problem that some people may face. 
  5. e) In some cases when the quality of garam masala spices is compromised by treating them with chemicals, it can cause damage to the body.




We understand that garam masala is a spice packed with hero ingredients that can help our bodies in many ways. From gut health to hair and skin, it does it all. But consuming too much of a good can also lead to problems, and so is the case of garam masala. Therefore, the statement that says garam masala causes acidity and digestion is not completely untrue. It is important to know the recommended amount of garam masala consumption. You may consult an expert like a dietitian, doctor or nutritionist to know more about it. Although garam masala is an Indian spice, its goodness can be availed by other people too. Apart from cooking it with curry, garam masala can also be added to your tea for easy consumption.  


Dr. Yatendra Kumar Porwal
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