Herbs and Spices That Promote Weight Loss*

Saturday, 16 July 2016, By George Sheba

You might have been told that you should "Eat Clean to Stay Lean" If your idea of the perfect weight loss meal is plain chicken or fish with a salad/brown rice, then you're missing out on some major ingredients shown by research to help the body burn more fat.

Herbs and spices are the best way to add flavour to food without the extra calories. Herbs and spices can turn that piece of plain chicken into a restaurant-worthy meal, thanks to just a little rosemary, paprika, sea salt, and ground pepper. Many herbs and spices can actually boost your metabolism and help your body burn fat faster.

Turmeric

A "warming spice," turmeric increases body heat, which, in turn, can boost metabolism. The spice also has a host of other health benefits, from helping fight Alzheimer's disease to keeping hormones in check during "that time of the month." Try adding turmeric to soups or stews or sprinkle over roasted veggies or nuts. 

Cinnamon

Its shown to balance blood sugar, helping to curb cravings and keep you feeling full for longer. While you might already sprinkle some cinnamon in oatmeal, you can increase your daily intake by mixing the spice in cottage cheese, plain yogurt, or your favourite brew to make a more fragrant tea. Cinnamon also makes a great addition to savoury spice rubs and marinades for meat.

Cayenne

Cayenne raises body temp, helping to boost metabolism. In fact, adding the spice to food can help you burn more a lot more calories per meal. Try sprinkling ground cayenne on roasted nuts or in soups, scrambled eggs, homemade dressings or dips for an extra kick

Cumin

Just one teaspoon added to one of your meals per day can help you burn more fat. Cumin is so universal, great for adding flavour to almost any food. Try it in everything from soups, stews, dressings, and dips to stir-fries, rubs, marinades, even flatbreads and other savoury baked goods.

Ginger

Ginger helps control blood sugar, meaning it can help prevent a spike in your glucose levels after a sugar or carb rich meal. The spice also has the same fat-burning, or thermogenic, properties as turmeric and cayenne. Grate fresh ginger into stir-fries, over baked fish, into fruit salad or tea.

Garlic

This natural medicine helps in lowering cholesterol as well as fighting cancer, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, the common cold and even aids weight loss. A herb that makes food tastier, especially when you opt for raw garlic, which also has more good-for-you nutrients.

Garlic before a date? No problem, chew parsley or mint leaves.

Black Pepper

The outer layer of peppercorn assists in the breakdown of fat cells. Therefore, peppery foods are a good way to help you shed weight naturally. When fat cells are broken down into their component parts, they are easily processed by the body. Try adding black pepper to just about everything you eat-it's even great in traditionally sweetened foods like yogurt, cottage cheese, and oatmeal.

Cardamom

Cardamom is another one of those thermogenic spices, meaning it helps boost body temp and metabolism. A favourite in Indian cuisine, cardamom is fantastic mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger for a homemade curry blend or chai tea. You can also try adding some of this citrusy spice to baked goods, coffee, or gamey meats like lamb. 

Dandelions

More popular among chefs and home cooks as a nutritious way to add flavour to meals and drinks. As it turns out, the "weed" has some weight loss benefits, too, helping to reduce bloat while increasing your intake of vitamins like A, C, and E, along with minerals like iron and potassium. It helps slow the digestive system which helps a person to feel fuller for a longer period of time

 

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