You may not be aware of it, but spices, used in cooking to give flavor to dishes, are often valid allies in diets. Not just because allow to reduce the quantity of condiment normally used to flavor dishes (oil, salt, vinegar …), but because, in some cases, they can be considered real metabolism accelerators.
Also, it would seem, that the flavors are spicy they would reduce water retention often a cause of cellulite and swelling. Absolutely yes, therefore, to their use in the kitchen, especially for those who in recent weeks have decided to lose the extra pounds accumulated in recent months.
Cinnamon is a spice native to India that is widely used in cooking all over the world. If in the East, in fact, it is used to flavor sauces, liqueurs and meat-based dishes, in the West, especially in Anglo-Saxon countries, it is widely used in sweet preparations (some recipes on our site: Oat flakes and cinnamon biscuits, cheesecake with orange and cinnamon, muffins with ginger and cinnamon …)
However, his is recognized all over the world ability to improve fat metabolism it’s at stabilize the level of glucose and lipids in the blood. In short, a precious ally of the metabolism to be used at will according to one’s tastes.
It is certainly among the most used in Italian cuisine, present in all homes in the form of grains or powder.
Compared to white pepper and green pepper, black pepper contains a highly draining oil and thanks to piperine helps stimulate metabolism, speeding it up. Therefore, having to choose between salt and pepper … well, you know which way to go.
It is the most used spice in North African and Indian preparations. It has a very particular taste that not everyone likes. Once, however, you get used to its intense flavor, it is good to learn how to use it especially in preparations based on legumes and carbohydrates. His presence, in fact, not only ne facilitates digestion, but helps prevent abdominal bloating, preventing fermentation.
Ginger is also a spice now widely entered also in Western preparations. With a taste vaguely similar to that of lemon, it is used for both sweet and savory recipes and, in the form of root, also for tea and infusions.
There are many properties of ginger which, for example, is a very valuable ally to counteract morning sicknessand pregnant women. But not only that: it would seem, in fact, that its intense flavor it would reduce hunger and help counteract the desire for sweet. It is excellent on fish, in soups and in some desserts.
The king of oriental cuisine. A true mix of flavor and health. It is obtained by mixing together different spices (black pepper, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, chilli and turmeric) which together give a truly unique and unmistakable flavor to the dishes. However, this is not all: an American study conducted on 2400 obese people has shown, in fact, that the use of curry in the preparations it would help to improve the sense of satiety, anticipating the sensation. This would reduce the amount of food ingested during meals.
It can really be used for many recipes: chicken, meat, legume soups, sautéed vegetables …
We have already spoken extensively about turmeric in what it is called Long Life Elixir or Golden Milk. Let’s just add that yours slimming properties are known and recognized thanks to the presence of curcumin, a substance that counteracts the accumulation of fat in adipose tissues, helping the liver to metabolize them.
There are different qualities of chillies, with different degrees of spiciness: there are the Cayenne pepper, lo jalapeño, the serrano, the thai, the Calabrian chilli (obtained from the spice Capsicum annuum); there are theHabanero, the Carolina reaper, the bhut jolokia (which are obtained from Capsicum chinense); and the Tabasco (obtained from Capsicum frutescens).
In Italy it is particularly used in the South and serves to flavor dishes of meat, pasta, fish, vegetables …
Has fat burning properties is stimulates digestion and purification of the organism.
The most famous nutmeg comes from Madagascar. Here it is used, above all, in the preparation of béchamel. But it can be used to flavor flans, meat, vegetables … It is already ground or whole, to be grated directly on the plate when served. In addition to giving a particular, exotic flavor, nutmeg is a precious ally for those who always have an appetite: it helps, in fact, to reduce the feeling of hunger.