Spicing Up Your Diet Cuts Fat

Spicing Up Your Diet Cuts Fat Thermogenesis was the original idea behind using spices to assist with weight loss or management. Jalapenos and red peppers boost your metabolism to burn more calories. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition takes another look at the fat blunting properties of common kitchen spices.

Researchers had 6 healthy but overweight men consume a high-fat meal spiced up with two tablespoons of combined rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder and paprika or nothing at all. The antioxidant effect of these spices reduced triglyceride response to fat consumption by about 30% compared to the same meal with no spice. Blood antioxidant activity increased by about 13% and insulin response decreased by approximately 20%.

True Strength Moment: While avoiding high-fat meals is the best approach for any dieter, this study reveals an easy way to lower your body's insulin and triglyceride responses to fat. You probably won't want to use two tablespoons, but a little spice might help reduce the potentially damaging effects of oxidative stress.
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