How Cumin Can Aid in Weight Loss

June 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Diet, tips, Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Cumin is a savory cooking spice that belongs to the Apiaceae family and is widely used in Asian, African and Latin American cooking. It is a healthy and tasty spice that offers various physical and mental health benefits.


Cumin

Cumin seeds are found in a flowering annual plant called cuminum cyminum. It is the second most popular spice in the world and is sold as whole seeds or in powdered form. The best quality cumin is available in Egypt. It’s similar to caraway seeds in its brown oblong shaped appearance, has a nutty, peppery flavor and is widely used in Indian curries. It can be added to a vast variety of dishes such as soups, stews, vegetables and grilled meats in addition to curries, to impart flavor.

Physical Health Benefits of Cumin

Cumin is a rich source of iron that’s an essential component of digestive and metabolic enzymes and hemoglobin. Consumption of cumin therefore helps in the digestive processes, in the provision of oxygen to bodily tissues, in the production of energy and in boosting the immune system. Cumin also has anti-carcinogenic properties, and research has shown that it helps prevent cancers of the stomach and liver in animals. Pancreatic enzymes essential for digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and certain detoxification enzymes are triggered by the consumption of cumin. It is also beneficial to asthma and arthritis patients and those suffering from kidney diseases.

Mental Health Benefits of Cumin

Cumin helps sharpen the memory, improves concentration levels and is especially beneficial to people suffering from insomnia.

Cumin and Weight Loss

Cumin increases the heat of the body. It thus increases the metabolic rate of the body. When metabolism is made more efficient, it can aid in weight loss. Cumin is also used in conjunction with other spices such as black pepper, ginger, turmeric powder and fenugreek in Indian cooking and works as a great digestive aid when used in this manner. It also improves the digestive process which results in better assimilation and absorption of nutrients by the body. This prevents the storage of fat by the body and results in weight loss.

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