Posts Tagged ‘herbs’

Bring on the Heat

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Spices_2*Adding spices to meals can hike up your metabolism and improve your heart and health. Penn State University researchers prepared identical fat meals for two groups of volunteers, then added a mix of spices-including rosemary, oregano, and cinnamon-to the meal of one group. Eating rich foods typically increases blood levels of insulin and triglyceride fats, which heightens the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Volunteers eating the spicy meal saw increases in triglycerides and insulin that were 31 percent and 21 percent lower, respectively, than those of the group who ate the blander offering. Study author Sheila West suspects the antioxidants in spices are responsible.

*The Week: Dec. 28 2012-Jan 4 2013