Turmeric is a close botanical relative of ginger. In the East this is one of the most popular spices, but it should be used more often in any other kitchen. A substance that gives the plant its yellow color is called curcumin, and it directly suppresses inflammation in the body. When inflammation is reduced our master weight control hormone – leptin is more efficient and it sends the message to our brain that the stomach is full. In this way it prevents us from overeating. Turmeric can be added at any boiled or steamed food.
Capsaicin, the main ingredient which gives the pepper its distinctive hot flavor, increases metabolism. A study conducted by the Dutch researchers found that just 2 and a half milligrams of capsaicin stimulate the body to burn more fat. Cayenne pepper is an excellent condiment for many dishes: baked beans, clam chowder, stews, etc.
Korean researchers have found that piperine, an ingredient of black pepper, contributes to the elimination of excess fat from the body. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that piperine interrupts the formation of new fat cells and thus triggers a metabolic chain in various other ways to prevent the accumulation of fat. Therefore, add a bit of black pepper to any soup and do not worry!
Garlic is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties and it was used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Recently, the Korean researchers found that garlic has the ability to break down fat. In one study obese mice were given garlic for seven weeks and they experienced a reduction in body fat. It is best to chop it finely, leave to stand for 10 minutes and eat fresh. If you don’t like the flavor, just add two or three cloves of garlic to your green smoothie.
The researchers found that cinnamon helps glucose to enter the cells, and thus controls the levels of insulin after a meal (insulin is responsible for the long-term fat storage). But when this spice is added to a fatty meal, it not only reduces insulin response, but also reduces the level of triglycerides in the blood by 30%. Add cinnamon to coffee, tea, morning muesli, or use it to decorate desserts…