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Nov 5, 2011 09:14 AM

Spices and Herbs which aids weight loss

Just a little pictorial article from CNN:

Very nice photos. So are you having enough spices and herbs? :).

I eat 9 out of the 10 spices there, but not Dandelions. Also, I never really count ginseng as a spice.

(Don't take the article way too serious).

P.S.: For those who care, I intentionally edited this post several times like now, but I don't see the Tweet count goes up.

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  1. I'm off to KFC so I can get 13 spices and lose weight!

    As a confession, though, in college I read about heat/capsaicin and weight loss so I started eating spicier and spicier foods. It worked! Well, along with starting to work out seriously and eating better...;-) I do love spicy foods now, though. as a result.

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    1. re: chowser

      :) Heh heh heh (KFC joke)

      So you don't know for sure if heat/capsaicin help, right? Since you did a bunch of other healthy things at the same time.


      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        I know for a fact it wasn't the capsaicin because I don't eat it THAT often and have maintained the same size for years/decades. Although...OTOH, when I was pregnant, I stopped eating heat all together because it bothered my stomach and I gained quite a lot of weight.;-)

        1. re: chowser

          "when I was pregnant, I stopped eating heat all together because it bothered my stomach and I gained quite a lot of weight.;-)"

          :) Oh I see. Stopped eating capsaicin made you pregnant :P

          (it is a joke).

    2. I'd say making a dish very spicy is a great aid for weight loss, because you won't be able to eat too much of it.

      Same, of course, could be said about making a dish too sour, salty or sweet.

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      1. re: linguafood

        :) That is one mechanism. I propose we put sleeping pill in foods. This way, you will never able to finish the entire meal before you fall asleep on the table.

        (people this is a joke, in case you think I am serious)

        1. re: linguafood

          Eating food "911" or "Indian hot" never makes me eat less. I do recall a scientific publication some years ago that found a strong effect of improving pancreatic function, I think... that could account for weight loss, potentially.

        2. As an aside, I've always found the notion of eating food to lose weight to be sort of very odd.

          Like if it was true then E=mc2 would no longer hold true.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            :) Except we are not a closed system, no? So either energy or mass can escape our bodies. (just because the mass and energy relationship is constant in the universe, it does not have to be constant in a human body).

            Anyway, have you been good and eating your spices? Or was your above statement an attempt to not eat your spices?

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Yes, I have. But not because of weight loss. Just because I like the way they taste. Silly me.

          2. I had adapted a lemon juice fast once into a great morning tea to get the day going.

            Ginseng tea steeped with ginger and sweetened with honey.
            then add lemon juice and cayenne pepper .

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            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              "Ginseng tea steeped with ginger and sweetened with honey.
              then add lemon juice and cayenne pepper ."

              Did you really do that? Or you are just saying it?

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                nope I really did it. I added a little too much cayenne so it was a bit spicy. The ginseng tea I had was a loose leaf ginseng blend. I really don't know the best way to get the ginger out. I added some few chopped pieces to the tea steeper.

                also I'm not a hot tea person so after this was steeped and mixed well I added a bunch of ice to it. Took it to work. I also guit drinking wine and alcohol during that time and lost a good amount of weight in a small amount of time. Whether or not this actually worked or was more of a placebo I have no idea. but I did enjoy it and made me feel good in the morning.

                1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                  As for the ginger thing, if you don't like to steep it in hot liquid, then how about smashing it or mincing it beforehand. That should speed up the process. Martin Yan has a video where he "minced" the ginger pieces by smashing them. Please jump to 2:34 min:


                  Originally, I read something along the line of "quick" drinking... that was funny.

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