These wonder spices will start you out and get you familiar with cooking yoga food with much ease. What’s more, the exotic colors and heady aromas of spices will help you elevate any dish from the ordinary to a sublime feast for the senses of sight, smell, and taste. So spice your meals to enhance your food with better taste and medicinal and healing properties without adding a single calorie! You are taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary. Here is the list of wonder spices that will help you to be fit and healthy.
I cannot confirm whether Confucius had a six-pack, but legend has it the Chinese philosopher ate ginger with every meal. And now there’s science to suggest ginger can improve a number of gastrointestinal symptoms. In addition to curing bellyache, a study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology suggests, ginger may have a unique ability to accelerate gastric emptying.
Black pepper has been used for centuries in Eastern medicine to treat multiple health conditions, including inflammation and tummy troubles. And recent animal studies have found that piperine may also have the profound ability to interfere with the formation of new fat cells—a reaction known as adipogenesis, resulting in a decrease in waist size, body fat, and cholesterol levels. Season your grilled meats and salads with a few grinds, or add some to meals made with these essential 9 best flat-belly superfoods.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that daily consumption of capsaicin, the chemical that makes cayenne hot, improved abdominal fat loss. And the second study by Canadian researchers found that men who ate spicy appetizers consumed 200 fewer calories at later meals than those who did not. You can find capsaicin in hot sauce, but just a couple of shakes of some popular varieties can provide nearly 20 percent of your daily sodium limit. For a less aggressive, salt-free kick, try seasoning grilled fish, meats, and eggs with just a pinch of cayenne.
Cinnamon contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols that are proven to alter body composition and improve insulin sensitivity. An animal study published showed that the addition of dietary cinnamon reduced the accumulation of belly fat. And a series of studies published found that adding a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon to a starchy meal may help stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes. Sprinkle cinnamon in your morning oats and smoothies for a smaller waist, fewer cravings, and appetite control.
You can think of coriander as a tastier, less expensive version of Pepto-Bismol. Derived from cilantro seeds, coriander contains a unique blend of oils that work like over-the-counter meds to relax digestive muscles and alleviate an overactive gut. A study found that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) benefited from taking coriander for eight weeks, as opposed to placebo. Ethnic foods that make good use of coriander can aggravate the tummy, but you can still sneak the spice into marinades, salad dressings, and soups for Zero Belly effects.
Add mustard to your meal, and feel the burn—literally! Scientists found that by eating 1 teaspoon of prepared mustard can boost the metabolism by up to 25 percent for several hours after eating. Not only that, a study found that visceral adipose tissue of rats fed a diet of pure lard was lowered when the diet was supplemented with mustard oil. The Zero Belly benefits can be attributed to allyl isothiocyanates, phytochemicals that give the mustard its characteristic flavor. Just be sure you’re heating things up with a pure and low-calorie variety.
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