A study shows that cumin powder can help jumpstart weight loss, decrease body fat, and improve unhealthy cholesterol levels naturally.
Researchers at Iran’s Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences 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).
At the end of the 3-month trial, members in the cumin group had lost 3 more pounds than those in the non-cumin group for a total of 13 pounds weight loss. More impressively, the cumin group members decreased body fat percentage by 14.64%—almost triple the 4.91% loss posted by the control group—apparently due to the addition of the fat-burning spice.
How did the cumin group get such dramatic changes just from eating a little of the spice?
First, 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.
Besides this outstanding benefit, cumin has many other benefits too:
- It has anti-carcinogenic properties, and research has shown that it helps prevent cancers of the stomach and liver in animals.
- It is also beneficial to asthma and arthritis patients and those suffering from kidney diseases.
- It helps sharpen the memory, improves concentration levels and is especially beneficial to people suffering from insomnia.
So cumin should be included in your daily diet, here are some tasty applications:
- Add a few teaspoons of ground cumin to your favorite roasted veggie recipe (it pairs especially well with sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, squash, and cauliflower).
- Blend ground cumin with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and ground red pepper for DIY taco seasoning.
- Add a dash to mayo or hummus for sandwiches and dips.
- Kick up mild guacamole with a dash or two of cumin powder to taste.
- Sprinkle ground cumin into a batch of roasted chickpeas or nuts.