Cumin plus lime for weight loss is surprisingly effective; better in fact than Orlistat, a common medication prescribed for obesity.
With more than twice as many people dying worldwide from obesity as from starvation, simple strategies are needed to help folk with this enormous problem. It is associated with a number of serious diseases including type-2 diabetes, heart conditions and high blood pressure; osteoarthritis especially of the knees and fatty liver too.
The modern diet leads to raised blood glucose, altered triglycerides and cholesterol. Researchers have found that a combination of the spice cumin and limes significantly alters the profiles of these substances.
Cumin is a seed used extensively in Mediterranean and Eastern cooking, and increasingly throughout the Western world too. It has a mild peppery flavour and the aroma, when it is being roasted, is the scent of heaven. It adds a touch of the mysterious East to any dish, particularly curries, chicken and with legumes such as chickpeas.
In Ayurvedic medicine it is used mainly for digestive problems and skin conditions; it is only recently that its virtue in controlling blood glucose has been confirmed.
Previously it had been shown that cumin on its own significantly reduced body mass index and fasting glucose, but did not alter the lipid profiles. In fact, research shows that it was just as effective as a common weight-loss drug, but it completely outshone the medication when it came to control of insulin levels.
The addition of the limonin in limes significantly lowered blood glucose and influenced the serum fat profile in a beneficial way. What would happen if they combined the two?
This research published in IRCMJ caught my eye as cumin plus lime are two of the main ingredients in our authentic hummus recipe. It is our contention that consuming the correct nutrients on a daily basis is the simplest way of improving our well-being.
It has been shown many times, both in the literature and in our own experience that diets simply do not work; and nutrients directly from our food are far more beneficial than when taken in supplements.
Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates our mood and cravings, and has a powerful effect on curbing appetite. Researchers believe this is the mechanism that cumin plus lime uses to bring about weight-loss. We feel satisfied before our stomachs are full; it is called satiety.
In a powerful study which was randomised and double-blinded, researchers gave 72 obese individuals either a high dose of cumin plus lime, or a smaller amount and compared them with a placebo group; none of the participants knew which they were in.
One teaspoon of cumin weighs about 2000 mg. They were given either 150 or 50 per day, or none.
So, the high dose group received about a tenth of a teaspoon of cumin, and the same amount of lime, per week; not a lot I think you will agree.
What effect would it have if we doubled the quantity? I could easily enjoy a whole teaspoon of cumin and lime in a week; in fact I do.
The high dose group lost 2.1 kg, the intermediates about half of that, and the placebo group also shed a small amount.
Perhaps more important, those taking cumin plus lime had significant changes not only in their weight, but also of the fasting glucose, insulin levels and the blood fats were also favourably influenced.
In short, taking half a teaspoon of cumin powder, and a similar amount of limonin, with no other conscious change of diet had a profound effect on their well-being. Studies on mice interestingly found that those on this regimen actually ate less; satiety levels were reached sooner.
Hunger is at the core of any successful intervention in helping the obese. Low fat diets intensify the desire for food which is why they fail.
However, these scientists speculate that cumin plus lime inhibits what is known as serotonin re-uptake, reducing hunger pangs and making us feel satisfied before the end of a normal meal.
Although the main ingredient in hummus is chickpeas with a significant amount of carbohydrate, overall they have a very low glycemic index; added sesame paste, olive oil, lime and cumin make this side-dish a powerful way of reducing weight, particularly if enjoyed with a large green salad.
Cumin plus lime for weight loss is perfect if you are enjoying homemade hummus every day with a green salad. Notice the relatively large amount of fat from the avocado and olive oil and the low carbohydrate content; a small portion of honeycomb was enjoyed.
In short, our philosophy is that of Hippocrates; let you food be your medicine. We recommend enjoying a wide variety of coloured foods and to include hummus containing cumin and lime regularly for weight loss, and to keep us in fine fettle without medication and supplements.
Hippocrates is the father of Medicine.
Tahini is the other main ingredient of hummus.
The Indian name for cumin is jeera. Add one teaspoon of the spice to four cups of water and allow it to steep overnight. In the morning, add a squeeze of lime and your weight-loss tea is just waiting to be drunk.
If you find it dull, add a slice of a sweet fruit like mango to your cumin plus lime for weight loss.
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