This morning I opened my tin of nutmeg and enjoyed its sweet aroma. Nutmeg's sweetness arises from a compound called myristicin. While nutmeg is often purchased ground, it can be a real treat to buy a piece of whole nutmeg and freshly grind it for your food or drink. The flavor of freshly ground nutmeg is quite superior.
Nutmeg need only be used in small quantities...sprinkled over food or drink or a small amount added to a recipe. Consuming large amounts has been linked to toxicity.
A 2012 cell study suggests that nutmeg potentially can help reduce photoaging of the skin (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23037157). It also contains a compound called eugenol that has shown apoptotic and antiproliferative effects on several cancer cell lines, including melanoma and skin tumors (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22634840). Traditionally, it has often been used as a home remedy for diarrhea. Rotavirus is a main cause of diarrhea in children, and nutmeg has been shown to remarkably inhibit this virus (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Nutmeg+and+rotavirus). However, nutmeg has been used for other cases of diarrhea, as well, that are not related to the rotavirus.
For breakfast this morning, I prepared Kashi's 7-grain pilaf as hot cereal (a gluten-free hot cereal would also work, too). On it, I placed crushed almonds, almond milk, and bananas...and topped it off with a sprinkle of freshly ground nutmeg. It was truly delicious!