This amazing and powerful spice is also known by the name Cuminum Cyminum. This spice has a peppery taste that can add a warm, nutty flavor to your food and it’s a staple in Indian, Mexican and North African dishes. People use this spice all around the world, for centuries. The aromatic spice cumin originates from Egypt, and it’s a key component in curry powder and some chili powder. This super healthy and powerful spice is very good for spicing your favorite meals, but did you know that you can also use it to burn off a few extra pounds.
A recent study, published in the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice journal, has examined and tested the effects of this powerful spice on overweight women. The researchers randomly split 88 overweight or obese women into 2 groups. For 3 months, both groups received nutrition counseling and decreased their daily intake of calories by 500. But one group was also eating 3 grams (a little less than 1 teaspoon) of cumin powder daily, swirled into 5 ounces of yogurt (the same amount of yogurt, minus the cumin, was also prescribed to the control group).
And after 3 months, the women eating cumin in their yogurt lost an average 50% more weight than the women eating plain yogurt. More impressively, the cumin group members decreased body fat percentage by 14.4%—almost three times more that the control group—apparently due to the addition of the fat-burning spice.
Well, the cumin group had some other improvements as well. They had decreased levels of harmful blood fats – the triglycerides dropped 23 points. The participants in the cumin group had an average of nearly 10 points off their bad (LDL) cholesterol reading. The control group had only 1 point in that category. Well, this reveals that the cumin eaters burn more calories by adding this super healthy spice into their diets. And the best thing about it is that this spice also positively affects their health by reducing the risk of heart disease and obesity. The medical experts also claim that this spice can boost the metabolism as well, because it contains high amounts of phytosterols, which can inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the human body.
Cumin – Health Benefits
As we said, this powerful spice can provide many health benefits. It’s great for digestion problems, because it contains essential oils, magnesium, sodium. These compounds promote digestion and can provide relief for stomach aches. People use this spice to fight and treat many health problems such as: insomnia, respiratory disorders, anemia and even skin disorders. Cumin is loaded with iron, Vitamin C (which promotes a healthy immune system and keeps infections from forming or becoming worse). A more recent study has found that cumin can be used to enhance memory function, and that it also has many other anti-microbial functions. You can ground it or you can use whole seeds. But, we highly recommend to grind the seeds into a powder. These are the best ways to incorporate this powerful spice into your healthy diet:
- You should add cumin when you’re making your favorite soups, stews, chili, rice, beans or lentils, etc.
- This amazing and super-healthy spice goes well with sweet potatoes, carrots, squash and cauliflower.
- You can add cumin to marinades, salad dressings and mayonnaise.
- Just sprinkle some cumin on roasted nuts or chickpeas.
- You should add some cumin to a meat mixture when making meatloaf, meatballs or hamburgers.
- Sprinkle some into your scrambled eggs before cooking.
- Buy cumin seed tea, or brew your own! Simply boil the seeds and let them steep for 10 minutes. Enjoy your homemade cumin tea.
As you can see, this powerful spice has many different health properties and it can provide many health benefits. With all of these health benefits, cumin is a great staple to add to your diet. Check out the video below for more ideas on how to cook with cumin. We really hope you enjoyed this article and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.