While ultimate weight loss is determined by being in a caloric deficit, certain spices, including Indian spices, can aid in weight loss by providing health benefits, boosting metabolism, and satisfying the eater.
Indian Spices and Weight Loss
- According to health writer Anna Roufos, several spices common to Indian cooking can contribute to health and weight loss.
Cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels in those with Type II diabetes. A more stable blood sugar level can make workouts more productive, and regulated cholesterol levels are a key point of good health.
Turmeric, according to WiseGeek.com, contains curcumin, an antioxidants. Antioxidants reduce free radical damage, improving health and preventing cancer.
Cumin, another popular spice, has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger, according to Roufos, can treat nausea and arthritis, both of which can contribute to less effective workouts.
The editors of Fitness Magazine also rank nutmeg as one of nine super spices for health. Nutmeg contains antibacterial compounds, which can prevent conditions such as E. coli.
Dried chilies, incredibly common to Indian cooking, contain capsaicin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Capasaicin is also thought to boost metabolism.
Other Spice Effects
- Indian spices can contribute to weight loss beyond their nutritional value. According to Prevention, people in a study consumed fewer calories when they ate spicier food. It was thought the intense flavors tricked the body into thinking there was more food than there actually was.
At the same time, many Indian spices are hot to the palate, such as dried chilies. It is common to consume less of a spicy food because of the heat, or to fill up on the accompanying beverage consumed to cool the mouth.