When you think of healthy eating, the usual springs to mind – salads or put more directly: ‘rabbit food’.
But, here’s the shock-factor: eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you eat boring and tasteless food to drop those pounds – so ditch the idea of chewing on carrot sticks or lettuce for your meals!
Actually, it is the complete opposite of boring.
It is rather hot!
Recent research suggests that there are a number of spices that aid in eliminating unwanted fat, especially around the belly area. These spices can also reduce bloating and in general, improve the shape of your body.
Of course, not everyone can take spice, but it is always good to know what spice can do for you!
This article will draw upon eight spices that burn fat.
Keep reading to find out what your meals are missing.
 

  1. Ginger

There is science to suggest that ginger can improve a number of gastrointestinal symptoms. It is a warming spice that has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to relax and soothe your intestinal tract. Thus, it is a great food for digestion. Also, ginger is known to have thermogenic properties; these help boost metabolism as well as suppress appetite, which can be good if you over eat. Therefore, ginger is great for weight management. Along with weight management, ginger is a brilliant spice for losing weight. Just 1 tbsp of ginger added to a large jug of water, along with diced cucumber and lemon left overnight can help you burn that unwanted fat. Drinking that ginger infused water throughout the next day will give you great results within a week. Freshly grated ginger tastes delicious in marinades and salad dressings. Moreover you can buy ginger tea from any supermarket or make your own ginger tea at home for a soothing evening right before you go to bed.
 

  1. Black Pepper

Black pepper finds its way in every day foods. Whether it is lightly sprinkled on your juicy boiled eggs first thing in the morning, or that spicy and delicious tomato soup you devour on a cold winter’s night; it is there kicking in the back of your throat. The taste is quite strong and the flavour lasts longer than expected. However, did you know that black pepper offers the body many great health benefits? Piperine is a compound in black pepper that gives this spice the heat and taste you experience with your first mouthful. Piperine has been used to treat multiple health conditions, including inflammation and tummy problems in Eastern medicine for many centuries now. Its uses go very far back in history. According to some research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, piperine interrupts new fat cells from forming in the body; all in doing so it helps maintain and lose weight. If you are looking for an alternative to get rid of fat, then adding pepper to your diet is essential in slimming down that waistline. You can add black pepper to almost anything; from sauces to steaks and even chicken dishes. What is more, black pepper adds a kick to that bland dish.
 

  1. Cinnamon

When we think of cinnamon, a hot drink with a spicy smell may come to mind. Cinnamon is used frequently in baking. Some people like cinnamon in hot chocolate, whilst others in their tea. However, were you aware that cinnamon is in fact a fat burning spice? Cinnamon contains some very powerful antioxidants called polyphenols that can improve insulin sensitivity. Many studies printed in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adding cinnamon to a starchy meal helped stabilise blood sugar and ward of any insulin spikes. Thus, if you are overweight, diabetic or at risk of suffering from diabetes in the future, adding this spice to your diet is beneficial for you. Moreover an animal study published in Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics showed that the addition of cinnamon in diet reduced the accumulation of belly fat. Belly fat can be very tough to get rid of, especially if you are too dependent on unhealthy foods. One way of using cinnamon for weight loss is by drinking a mug of cinnamon water a day. All you need to do is add 1tsp of cinnamon to a mug of lukewarm water and drink it before bed. Furthermore, you can sprinkle cinnamon on your morning oats and smoothies and look forward to a smaller waist, less cravings and a control over your appetite!
 

  1. Garlic

Toothpaste is required after eating something with garlic in it. Like black pepper, garlic finds its way in every day foods. A lot of Indian and Pakistani dishes require a lot of garlic for strong flavour and completion of the dish. Garlic is known as the stinking rose thanks to its peculiar smell. This spice carries many health benefits. For one, garlic is used as an anti-inflammatory food. Another, garlic can be used as a natural antibiotic and has been used for at least a thousand years for medicinal purposes. Recent research suggests that garlic can be used as a fat burner says Cynthia Pasquella, a clinical nutritionist. Furthermore, researchers in Korea discovered that garlic reduced body weight of oversized mice that were fed high fat diets, with 2 to 5 per cent garlic over the seven week study. So, if you want to cut down that unwanted fat, toss a few garlic cloves in your meals. You can marinate fish with garlic and olive oil which will give the fish, which is also fat burning food a kick to the flavour. Also, you could toss a garlic clove or two in your vegetable juices or smoothies if you like. Ignore the strong smell of garlic and take full advantage of this fat burning spice!
 

  1. Rosemary

Rosemary is a deep green spice with pine like needles in its herb form. This spice has been shown to aid in burning fat. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests that the carnosic acid found in rosemary can limit weight gain, whilst reducing fasting blood glucose levels at the same time. Blood glucose levels are the blood sugar levels when the body goes without food for eight to twelve hours; which is usually overnight when you are sleeping. Moreover, a study taken at the University of Illinois found that rosemary can block type 2 diabetes related enzymes. So, if you are at high risk of type 2 diabetes or incredibly overweight which can put you at risk of diabetes, then rosemary is the food you should add to your meals. If you generally just want to burn a bit of fat lurking around your body, then still, this wonderful spice is great for you! You can add rosemary to a number of healthy dishes; including an egg salad, chicken or even fish. Remember to infuse rosemary with a few table spoons of olive oil so it actually makes its way into the food you eat and works its magic!
 

  1. Turmeric

If you are a fan of those spicy and delicious curries, then you are probably already aware of and a fan of turmeric. If you are not aware of this spice then let me tell you a little bit about it. Turmeric is the yellow-orange spice that makes the basic foundation of a curry. It is what adds colour and more texture to the dish. Of course, like other spices discussed in this article, turmeric carries many health benefits. However, do you know that this bright looking spice is actually a fat burner? Curcumin, which is turmeric’s most thoroughly studied ingredient is said to reduce the formation of fat tissue. It does this by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form fat, therefore it contributes to control of body weight gain and lower’s body fat when consumed. You can add turmeric to your marinade of chicken if you like. You’ll never know it’s there. It will just work its way into your body and help eliminate fat.
 

  1. Mustard Seeds

The mustard plant is in the cruciferous family of vegetables, along with broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Scientists at England’s Oxford Polytechnic Institute have found that by eating 1 tsp of mustard seeds, which is just 5 calories, can boost your metabolism by 25 per cent for several hours. This means you will burn calories efficiently.  Also, eating just 3 to 5 tsp of mustard seeds daily can help you burnt around 45 calories within the hour! The belly fat burner benefits of mustard seeds are due to the allyl isothiocyanates and phytochemicals that give the mustard its flavour. So, melt that fat a day with at a few spoons of mustard seeds a day!
 

  1. Cardamom

Cardamom is an aromatic spice with a spicy and sweet flavour. It is an extremely popular spice used in Ayurveda which is an ancient holistic system of medicine and natural healing in India. By now, you can see that most of the spices discussed go far back in history for medicinal purposes. Research has found that cardamom boosts your metabolism and burns fat in your body. You can add cardamom to green tea, which is a fat burning food. One or two cardamoms will work wonders in your green tea. Also, you can add this spice to your warm mug of tea first thing in the morning.
 
So, kick your metabolism into gear and start burning away that fat by adding these spices to your meals!
It all begins with a spice!

asramir

Seasonal ÒRÉ blog contributor.

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