The Indian market is loaded with dozens of herbs and spices – from the very common black pepper to the exotic turmeric. Along with amazing health benefits they have to offer, herbs and spices also add flavour and aroma to our Indian dishes. Research has also shown that herbs and spices have the potential to boost metabolism, promote satiety (read contentment), aid weight management and improve the overall quality of a diet. If you are targeted towards losing weight, there is one spice above all that you need to incorporate daily in your diet- CUMIN!
There are varieties of spices that help in weight loss like cinnamon, turmeric, ginger etc. but cumin has tremendous effects which are quick! Read on to know the benefits of cumin and ways to incorporate it in your diet:
- Useful for digestion/metabolism
- Helps In energy production
- Helps burn excess fat
- Improves glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes.
- Prevents weight gain related to stress
- Have mild appetite suppressant effect
- Helpful in detoxing
- lowers body mass index and waist circumference
- Cumin contains more than 100 different chemicals including essential fatty acids and volatile oils. The researchers believe the cholesterol lowering effect of the spice can be partly attributed to its glycoside saponins. These compounds prevent cholesterol absorption and increase its excretion.
WAYS TO INCORPORATE CUMIN IN YOUR DIET:
- Add it to plain brown rice to give it an exotic kick (you can also mix in dried apricots and almonds).
- Add dash of cumin powder to your yogurt.
- Make a cup of warming beverage by boiling cumin seeds in water and letting them steep for 10 minutes
- Add ground cumin to roasted or sautéed veggies.
- Use it when you make hummus
- Add little in every soup and salad you make