10 Weight Loss-Friendly Herbs and Spices

Herbs and Spices

Looking to add a flavor boost to your healthy eating and weight loss efforts? Here are 10 figure-friendly herbs and spices sure to add some zest to your dishes:


  1. Black Pepper: Arguably the most common healthy spice, black pepper contains piperine, which gives it its pungent flavor and also is known to block the formation of new fat cells. When combined with capsaicin, black pepper can burn as many calories a 20-minute walk.

  2. Cardamom: This thermogenic herb with a spicy-sweet flavor helps boost metabolism and is believed to increase your body's ability to burn fat.

  3. Cayenne pepper: For those who like it hot, cayenne pepper is among the spicier peppers that have capsaicin. This heat-lending component is believed to help decrease calorie intake, shrink fat tissue, lower blood fat levels and fight fat buildup by jumpstarting protein changes in the body.

  4. Cinnamon: Not only does cinnamon help to boost metabolism, it's an ideal choice for those with or at risk for diabetes because it helps to regulate blood sugar.

  5. Cumin: Not only does this nutty-flavored spice help aid digestion and boost energy, it also has been found to enhance memory and soothe stress.

  6. Dandelions: In your garden, it's a wily weed. But in your kitchen, the dandelion can help slow digestion, making you feel fuller longer. It's also chock full of fiber, beta carotene and vitamin K1 and can help normalize blood sugar and cholesterol.  

  7. Ginger: Research suggests this warm spice may have thermogenic properties that boost metabolism and suppress appetite. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help relax the intestinal tract.

  8. Ginseng: Multiple varieties of ginseng are known to boost metabolism and energy levels. But panax ginseng in particular offers weight loss and insulin stabilizing benefits, studies show.

  9. Mustard:  Mustard seeds have been shown to boost metabolic rate by 25 percent. Based on that figure, a 3/5 teaspoon of mustard seeds daily can help you burn an extra 45 calories an hour.

  10. Turmeric: Similar in flavor to curry, turmeric contains curcumin, known to reduce the formation of fat tissue by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form it.

Use any of these weight loss-friendly herbs and spices to jazz up recipes found on the Metabolic Research Center website.


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