This spice was written about in the Bible as a primary seasoning. The seeds were so valuable; they were used as money, particularly to pay priests. And it’s a weight loss secret.
What spice is this?
It’s cumin, an Egyptian native. Cumin spice not only adds immense flavor to soups, stews, chili’s, rice— it may help you shed those unwanted pounds.
A study was done of 88 women who were considered obese. Half of them were given three grams of cumin twice per day along with plain yogurt. The other half only supplemented their diet with plain yogurt. Both groups followed a reduced calorie diet along with nutritional counseling.
After three months, the group that added the cumin to their diet, lost an average of 50% more weight than the group that did not eat cumin. Also, the group that supplemented with cumin decreased their body fat percentage by almost 15%, where the control group decreased their body fat an average of just 5%.
Not surprisingly, the group that lost the most weight significantly decreased their waist circumference and body mass.
The researchers speculated that the weight loss was from the spiciness of cumin, which may increase metabolism. Cumin also reduced blood lipid levels, according to the researchers. LDL cholesterol dropped an average of 10 points compared to less than one point for the control group. And, Triglyceride levels dropped 23 points compared to five points in the controls.
An aticle in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine showed that cumin seeds prevented loss of bone density just as well as estrogen. But, unlike estrogen, cumin did not cause weight gain or cancer of the uterus.
The health benefits of the yellow spice are many.
Besides solid documentation that it aids in weight loss, cumin is also known for:
Increasing cognitive performance
Relieving stress and anxiety
Preventing colon cancer
Treating memory loss
Boosting the immune system
Detoxifying the body
Preventing premature aging
And, it has a host of vitamins and minerals:
Here are some ways to get more cumin into your diet…
Add it to your scrambled eggs
Add to a meat mixture, such as hamburger or meatballs
Add to vegetable sautés
Add to marinades and even salad dressings
Add to chili and stews, and even rice
You can even make a cumin tea by boiling the seeds and letting them seep for about 10 minutes.
Some more ideas on cooking with cumin in this video.