According to a research, spices do play a small but relatively significant role in losing weight. One study divided obese dieters into two groups. One group consumed spices in their diet while the other group did not. The spicy dieters lost 30 pounds in 6 months, while the control group lost 2 pounds.
Living longer healthier life is way more easy than we think. With today’s eating routines it’s difficult to maintain a healthy and balanced diet, resulting in fatigue and bloating up. Let’s try blending some of our own exotic spices in our daily routine and see the difference.
This spice packs fiber—each nutty-tasting teaspoon of the seed has a gram. Study participants who took a fenugreek supplement in the a.m. ate less at lunch. Sprinkle it generously onto chicken before roasting.
It helps to regulate blood sugar. It has a mineral that helps maintain bone density; 1 tablespoon fulfils a day’s needs. Indulge in cinnamon flavoured coffees and teas .
A lab study shows cumin’s anti-inflammatory properties may improve memory and lower stress. Blend it with hummus or toss it with pumpkin seeds before roasting.
A compound in ground cloves, eugenol, may soothe your stomach.
Blend this spice into your post-workout shake. It contains gingerol, a natural anti-inflammatory that research finds may reduce next-day muscle pain. Bonus: It may even ease period cramps. This flavourful root spices up dishes while it kick starts metabolic rates. It also helps to suppress your appetite to prevent between meal snacking.
Research shows that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent in turmeric called curcumin can help reduce depression. Stir it into rice, dal and other curries. In addition to bold flavor, turmeric adds curcumin to dishes. This compound cuts off the blood supply to fat cells to make it hard for them to multiply.
- Red Pepper
Its metabolism-boosting properties (and heat) come from the capsaicin in the chillies. Plus, a study found women who added 2 tsp. of the spice to their food took in fewer calories and fat in later meals. Stir into guacamole or pasta. Flavour a dish with this spice and it will suppress your appetite for hours after you eat. It also shrinks fat cells and lowers blood fat levels.
Sweet and spicy cardamom boosts your metabolism while sweetening desserts and teas. Studies also suggest that cardamom may help your body burn fat more efficiently.
- Black Pepper:
Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that inhibits your body from creating new fat cells. Make a dish with black pepper and cayenne and your body will burn more calories for a few hours.
Beyond the metabolism-boosting benefits of spicy foods, researchers speculate that adding spices to otherwise healthy but often bland foods (like veggies) may make those foods more appealing. It’s also speculated that dieters consume less of a spicy food, and that smaller portions are more satisfying for our taste buds.