Even though it is oftentimes underestimated, this spice is one of the healthiest ingredients known to man. Not only is it a healthy spice, cumin is ideal for weight watchers as well. Regular use of this spice helps lose weight fast, reduce the unhealthy lipid levels in the body, and burn the body fat in no time.
Some Iranian scientists conducted a study on 88 obese and overweight women. The participants were divided into two groups. The ones in the first group were given 3 g cumin powder per day, along with 5 g yogurt. The ones in the second group were given yogurt only, without any additions.
The women in both groups have received dietary instruction and have reduced their daily intake of calories by 500 calories.
THE RESULTS OF THE RESEARCH
Measurements and body parameters have been taken prior the research as well as three months after the research.
It has been found that the women who consumed cumin have lost 1.4 kg/3 pounds. This is significantly more than the ones who didn’t consume cumin at all.
In addition to this, women in the first group reduced the triglycerides and LLD (bad cholesterol). On the other hand, their HDL (good cholesterol) levels were increased. On top of that, these women reduced a 15% or 3 times as much body fat than the women from the second group.
CUMIN AND ITS ACTIVITY
This spice is abundant in antioxidants and in phytosterols. Hence, its bioavailability (absorption) constraint of cholesterol in the digestive tract is what explains its weight-reducing properties.
According to many clinical trials, regular consumption of food supplemented with about 0.8 g of plant sterols or stanols has the ability to LDL cholesterol levels.
In addition to this, cumin`s seeds are rich in iron, which in turn supports proper function of immune system and prevention of cancer.
HOW TO CONSUME CUMIN?
1. Put some cumin seeds in boiling water and let it stand for about 10 minutes. You will get a cup of warm cumin beverage abundant in health benefits.
2. Use cumin as a spice in making hummus, soups and guacamole. In addition, you can add 3 g cumin to roasted or sautéed veggies.
3. Use it to spice your lentil soup.
4. Add to plain rice in order to enrich its taste. It can be mixed up with some almonds or dried apricots as well.
5. Sprinkle it over nuts or other healthy versions of snacks.