Spices are easily the most overlooked category of food. Meanwhile, they do not only add flavor and taste to meals, spices also fight obesity in the body. A spice, as described on Wikipedia, may be a seed, fruit, root, berry, bud or vegetable. Common spices include, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper etc.
Spices are basically underestimated because most people believe they are of no value other than to add attractive aromas to meals. They are majorly used in cosmetics, medicine and religious rituals.
However, a fact unknown to many people is that spices tend to add to the calorie composition of the body, despite the fact that many spices contain high portions of fat, protein, and carbohydrate by weight. They are ingredients that not only add flavor to your favorite dishes but help fight obesity in your body.
Here are a few of the spices that helps enhance your well being.
Ginger, a flowering plant that originated from China is popularly known for its cooking usefulness and its medicinal properties. It improves movement and flow in the intestine. It is useful in easy digestion.
It contains several oils, which gingerol happens to be the most important. Not only is ginger useful in guarding against obesity, it drastically lowers blood sugar and it may significantly reduce menstrual pain.
Also known as piperine, research shows that black pepper reduces fat levels in the bloodstream and is also an antioxidant. It has been known to combat gastrointestinal problems, inflammation, and other problems. Black pepper is not of medicinal benefit alone. Athletes and bodybuilders also benefit from the fat-burning benefit of black pepper.
This is a spice that is not so popular in Nigeria. It is a spice that boosts metabolism and is also regulates blood sugar. It makes an ideal recipe for diabetic patients, particularly people with type 2 diabetes. There are two major types of cinnamon, ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon.
Since high blood sugar level can develop to increased fat storage, cinnamon guards against this by improving insulin function, in turn causing weightloss.
Also known for its use in boosting energy level and metabolism. A common type of ginseng, known as panax ginseng has been linked to weightloss.
Cumin is a medicinal spice that has been discovered to enhance memory. It is useful for digestion and energy production and also a major recipe in improving glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes.
Garlic and onions
These spices are surplus in Nigeria. They contain phytochemicals that are capable of breaking down fatty deposits in the body at the same time breaking down cholesterol, killing viruses and bacteria, and also guarding against heart disease.
It boost metabolism just like other spices and can aid the body in burning excess fats. It is a good a appetite suppressant, and it also helps to reduce calorie intake.
Which of these spices are you adding to your dish today? Tell us in the comments section.