Which Spices Rev Metabolism and Aid in Weight Loss? Here’s What the Research Says
As you may know, spices do more than just pack a punch in your grilled chicken and seared steak. Research shows that spices may support weight loss by increasing metabolism and curbing cravings. But which spices are best for the job? Below, discover the straight-from-your pantry remedies that will make excellent additions to your diet.
Research has shown that Allspice, made from the the dried, unripened berries of the Pimenta dioica plant, may help prevent you from gaining additional weight. Indeed, research shows that it may aid in the secretion of hunger-reducing hormones. Thus, it may help you feel fuller.
Dried cayenne, which comes from the spicy, red cayenne pepper, contains the active ingredient capsaicin — a chemical that may aid in weight loss. According to a 2014 study, participants who consumed red pepper at every meal felt fuller and experienced fewer cravings as compared to participants who did not. In addition, a 2010 study showed that dihydrocapsiate, a similar chemical found in chili peppers, helped increase metabolic rates in participants.
Fenugreek, a spice that comes from the Trigonella foenum-graecum plant, may also help you control your appetite. In fact, a 2009 study showed that participants who consumed 8 grams of fenugreek fiber daily experienced greater feelings of fullness and satiety as compared to a control group. A different study from 2009 found that fenugreek seed extract helped reduce participants’ daily fat intake by 17 percent. More research is necessary to show that fenugreek may aid in weight loss.
While ginger may not directly cause you to lose weight, it may help suppress appetite and stimulate digestion — two factors that may contribute to weight loss. Indeed, research indicates that ginger stimulates the digestive system so food moves through the intestines more quickly, which has an anti-obesity effect.
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.
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