Spices Of Life From Your Kitchen Shelf

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sprinkle This on Your Meals to Help Shed Pounds

Dieting is not fun. The worst part? The laundry list of things you aren’t supposed to eat.
But what about the things you should add to your diet?
Researchers have discovered a simple addition to your meals can help. That’s right, something you can eat more of!
A study out of Japan showed a common table spice reduced fat levels in the bloodstream.1
For the study, researchers fed mice a high-fat, high-sugar diet supplemented with this common cooking spice. After just four weeks, scientists found that visceral fat declined in the mice fed diets that contained just 0.03 and 0.05 percent of this spice.
And even better…
The more spice they ate, the bigger the loss of body weight and visceral fat.2
The fact that this spice decreased visceral fat makes it all that more important. Visceral fat is dangerous “hidden fat.”3 It’s the fat that surrounds your organs and can cause an array of serious health problems.
In another study, Korean scientists Soo-Jong Um and Ji-Cheon Jeong also set out to discover the weight-loss properties of this spice.4 For their study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they used laboratory studies and computer models.
Again, results showed that the natural ingredient interferes with the activity of genes that control the formation of new fat cells. Simply put…it stopped the creation of fat cells!
And this anti-fat spice is so common that you probably already have some in your pantry.
So what is it?
Black pepper.
Black pepper comes from pepper vines that are native to South India and other tropical climates.5Pepper vines bear fruit – small berries called peppercorns that are dried. It’s the outer layer of the peppercorn that stimulates the breakdown of fat cells.
When peppercorns are ground they become the fresh pepper that you are familiar with having on your table.

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