Indian spices are one of the best ways to add flavor to your dishes and help in weight loss as well. You can use spice like cinnamon instead of sugar to add sweetness thereby cutting down on calories and extra sugar. Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Chilli powder helps produce extra heat in the body which helps burn fat.
Born to a typical North Indian family, if there is one thing I can just not live without is undoubted, unarguably, most definitely, most positively spicy, aromatic dishes.
A dash of cardamom here, a sprinkle of chilli there and your recipe is lot more palatable. What’s great about spices is that they add flavour to your food without adding any calories. In some cases you can actually use them instead of sugar or salt to cut down on calories.
Interesting Facts About Indian Spices
India is responsible for 70% of the global spice production. The majority of people in the world have some sort of spice in their home from India!
In the 4th century BC, black pepper held immense value. The Greeks referred to it has “black gold”. At this time about 120 ships a year full of spices were consumed by Romans.
Most historians and scholars agree that Portugal was the first country to discover India. It is said that Vasco da Gama reached India in 1492. He started importing spices from India and would many a times encounter pirates while going back to Portugal. There was a time when spices were more valuable than gold.
Salt has been produced in India for over 5000 years. During the time of the Spice Route, many Roman soldiers were paid their salaries in the form of salt! This gave birth to the term ‘salary’. The phrase ‘worth his salt’ was also derived from the same context.
Indian foods and spices go hand in hand. Be it curries, stews or biryani, Indian food is incomplete without spices. Spices are an ideal way to add flavour to your food without adding any sugar, sodium or any preservatives, they come loaded with a whole host of health benefits.
Here are the best and the most easily accessible spices known for speeding up your metabolism and accelerating fat burn.
These spices boost your metabolism and help burn fat
Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. Many high quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain. Turmeric can help your body burn fat by increasing body heat and boosting your metabolism. It is also known for combating inflammation that could be helpful for combating arthritic conditions and even symptoms related to obesity and metabolic disorders.
2. Dry ginger
As another warming spice, ginger too has anti-inflammatory and metabolism boosting properties. It may even have an appetite-suppressing effect. Ginger also helps control blood sugar level, which means it can prevent a spike in your glucose levels after taking a carb or a sugar-rich diet.
3. Chilli powder
Capsaicin, the key compound in peppers that helps produce heat in the body, helps fight obesity and decreases your intake of calories in the process, which ultimately lowers body fat. Adding some amount of this spice to your meal can help you burn up to 100 calories per meal. You can sprinkle cayenne pepper on nuts, soup, eggs and dips for that extra kick.
4. Black pepper
Black pepper contains piperine – a compound that enhances metabolic performance and suppresses fat accumulation in the body. Black pepper tea works very well in managing obesity. Black pepper also helps in the absorption of nutrients in the body. It helps strengthen immunity and fights against infections too.
Cinnamon is obtained from the tree species known as Cinnamomum. It is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. One of the most renowned qualities of this tree spice is its role in effective weight loss. Cinnamon can naturally suppress hunger.
Cinnamon increases one’s metabolic rate. It is essential to note how this works. It is a stimulator of insulin and makes it active, which in turn helps sugar to metabolise. Often, when an individual puts on weight, it is because their insulin becomes resistant.
This does not make them diabetic, but it simply means that the insulin does not metabolise. The consequence of this is that sugar too does not get metabolised to its required quantum and is converted into fat. Cinnamon helps to break these links.
Just one teaspoon added to one of your meals per day can help you burn up to three times more body fat. It promotes digestion and is a rich source of iron. It improves blood cholesterol and helps in blood sugar control as well.
Cardamom is another one of those thermogenic spices, meaning it helps boost body temperature and metabolism. It also aids in digestion and helps prevent heartburn and acidity.
So choose your spices wisely and do not cease to experiment also. Every spice, every herb has some or the other health benefit important for your well being.
What are the health benefits of eating spices?
Spices add flavour to your food and improve your digestion. Some spices also boost metabolism and help in fat burn. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help in keeping your body organs healthy.
What are the major Indian spices one must use on a regular basis in cooking?
You should have turmeric, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, methi seeds, chilli powder in your spice box for flavourful and healthy cooking.
Is it harmful to eat too much spices?
Every food should be eaten in moderation, so it is with spices. The right amount of spices in your recipe is good for health but excess spices can lead to indigestion and heartburn.