Two culinary spices that offer 'research-backed' benefits for weight loss - may fuel 'significant reductions' in belly fat

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Greater adherence to a plant-based diet supports weight loss

Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 26/02/2024

- 11:44

Updated: 11/03/2024

- 10:15

Adding spices to your diet may contribute to several metabolic changes that speed up weight loss

Weight dissatisfaction can take a toll on both physical and mental well-being, but the right dietary interventions can eliminate fat quickly.

Britons could find that culinary spices like turmeric and cinnamon speed up the process as they break down their weight loss into manageable steps.

Naheed Ali, physician, nutritionist and senior medical and health writer at Sweat Block, lauds the two spices for their fat-burning effects.

He told GB News: “Specific spices like turmeric and cinnamon offer research-backed benefits for metabolism and weight management due to their impact on blood sugar regulation and inflammation.”

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The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of cinnamon provide most of the benefits to those trying to lose weight.

Findings published in the 2021 Journal of Functional Food highlighted this, as researchers concluded their paper with the statement: “Eight culinary herbs/spices were reported to significantly reduce obesity indices.”

Among them were cinnamon and turmeric, as well as basil, cardamon, coriander, garlic and ginger.

“Adding just a pinch of these spices makes enhancing flavourful, functional snacks simple,” noted Naheed.

“Mix turmeric into hummus, blend cinnamon into smoothies or oatmeal and sprinkle either spice onto nut mixes or fruit for an antioxidants and anti-inflammatory kick.”

There is no concrete evidence to show that dietary additions alone can shed weight, but rather that they speed up results on the scales when incorporated as part of other lifestyle changes.

Greater adherence to healthful, plant-based diets is widely recommended by medical circles for a slimmer waistline.

Plants are inherently low in calories and high in fibre, making them conducive to long-term satiety.

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“Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is just as important if you’re on a diet,” Dr Kathryn Basford an ASDA Online Doctor told GB News.

“They tend to be nutrient-dense and often low calorie.”

The expert went on: “The unrefined sugar in fruit can also satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, rather than having to reach for refined sugar sources such as those in sweets, biscuits and doughnuts which can come in a much higher calorie count.

“Each type of fruit and vegetable will have unique benefits but food options tend to be berries, peaches and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.”

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