Spices for Weight Loss and Healthy Living – Part One

by Maria on March 4, 2013

Spices are a tasty friend to dieters. They make the food you eat more flavorful and satisfying, which helps you eat less and lose weight. The super nutrients in them are thought to have the potential to boost metabolism, promote satiety, and potentially stimulate fat burning.

In short, spices improve the overall quality of your diet.

Allspice contains very good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B 6, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C, as well as potassium, manganese,iron, copper, selenium, and magnesium.

It is said to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Great for stir fries, sauces, soups, cooked meats, baked bananas, pies etc.

Cardamom is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium , magnesium, iron, and manganese. It is rich in many vital vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C.

Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, etc. Also, it is said to relieve common cold, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, and urinary problems.

Grind before cooking and use to flavor soups, pâtés, stews, purées and rice dishes.

Also, try adding some seeds to your homemade rice pudding, ice cream, custard or sprinkle them over a fresh fruit salad.

Chilli has the following health and weight loss benefits: lowers blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol, improves  heart health, boosts circulation, thins blood and helps protect against strokes, provides pain relief and reduces inflammation, limits spreading of prostate cancer, lowers the risk of stomach cancer.

Chillies help fat burning.

Wonderful in stir fries, salsas, chili con carne, baked beans etc.

Cumin contains a good amount of iron. It has anti-glycation, antiseptic, anti-fungal and laxative properties. Also,  it is said to reduce cholesterol and boost the immune system. Cumin helps control stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and morning sickness.

It is at its best when roasted over medium-low heat. The spice is delicious in curries, sauteed and stuffed vegetables, roasts etc.

Fennel is said to symbolize longevity, courage and strength. It contains health benefiting nutrients, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Fennel is used to treat flatulence, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, low milk production in nursing women, premenstrual syndrome, bad breath, sinus congestion and chronic coughs.

Roast seeds before use. Fennel adds distinction to fish soups, poached eggs, sauces, apple pies, custards, desserts, curries, breads, fish, roast pork etc.

Go ahead and get the above winners into your life! Enjoy!

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