Cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla, nutmeg, and cloves are quintessential scents of fall, and they offer plenty of health benefits to boot. Cinnamon, for example, may help reduce inflammation and lower blood sugar in people with diabetes, Canfield says.
Enjoying fall spices in some of your favorite recipes can even help you shed some fat. One recent study from Penn State University found that people who consumed two tablespoons of spices (like cinnamon and cloves) in their meals had 30 percent lower levels of blood fats than those who skipped the spices. Sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg on your coffee or bake some into your favorite dish to make the most of these seasonal spices.