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Diet-friendly spices: the top five for burning fat and getting back into shape – Italian Cuisine


Not yet disposed of the pounds taken during the Christmas holidays, we are ready to accumulate calories and dietary vices with Carnival. But then start remorse, because it is not always easy to get rid of excess weight and fat assimilated.
So, why not resort to some trick, for example accompanying healthy eating and hypocaloric with intelligent condiments, like le spices, which can be a useful complement to eat well and keep fit?
We deepen with the doctor Raffaella Melani, nutritionist biologist, which are the most strategic ones to carry out the good intentions for the new year!

The queen of spices "burns fat": the chili.

120911First of all there is the chili pepper. In fact, it contains capsaicin, a chemical substance responsible for the characteristic burning, with beneficial effects for weight management. Tell the story Melani "A 2012 scientific study on pepper consumption collected data showing the quality of red peppers in weight management, resulting from increased heat production (thermogenesis) and increased fat oxidation. more recently, it has been seen how a daily consumption of capsaicin can contribute to weight loss through the reduction of energy intake and through the regulation of satiety ".
On the market, there is a good assortment of spices containing capsaicin: there are common peppers, Cayenne pepper, jalapenos, habanero, sweet paprika and Tabasco. All of these spicy spices are easily accessible and can be stored for long periods of time.

Not just spicy: Turmeric counteracts abdominal fat and reduces cholesterol

169398Another very precious spice is the turmeric.
Used as an agent anti-inflammatory and considered effective against pain in gastro-intestinal disorders and menstrual problems, owes its qualities to curcumin. Clarifies the Doctor: "Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric and some scientific research suggests that this molecule can regulate the lipid metabolism and that it is also useful for disposing of abdominal fat. It also helps reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels ".

Cinnamon: to increase metabolism and reduce blood sugar

13881Intense flavor, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals: cinnamon is a true passe-partout. This tasty spice can be used in sweet and savory dishes and also boasts the ability to increase metabolism. This spice increases insulin sensitivity by reducing blood sugar – both key components to losing weight and above all useful for diabetes management.

Mustard: to flavor the dishes

147171Tasty, perfect to flavor meat and also diet.
Mustard it does not just add taste to the dishes! mustard seeds also increase the metabolic rate by 25% which means that adding less than a teaspoon of mustard to the meal can result in the combustion of 45 extra calories per hour. Points out Melani "A research published last year considers it a useful natural reagent for the treatment of obesity".

Cumin, to reduce fat mass and waist centimeters

163479Studies show that only 1 teaspoon of this spice per day can increase weight loss results (helping to lose 3 times more body fat). "Furthermore, this spice supports the management of the cholesterol reducing the "bad" one and the risk of coronary problems. cumin manages to balance blood sugar levels by lowering blood glucose levels as antidiabetic drugs, "clarifies the nutritionist.On an experimental study of overweight women has also decreased the amount of fat mass, reducing the cm of waist circumference.

The diet as a whole is fundamental

In conclusion, however, it should be emphasized that no spice can be decisive to lose weight if it is not accompanied by proper nutrition. "The results are obtained when conscious and lasting food choices are implemented, or we rely on the advice of a professional who directs us towards balanced and personalized solutions to live better and stay fit".

Elisa Nata
January 2019

What to eat to get back in shape after the flu – Italian Cuisine


What are the foods that help to regain strength and feel better after fever, cold, cough and other seasonal illnesses? Here are the most suitable according to the expert

Broken bones, sore muscles, exhaustion, intestine below. It happens to everyone after having had the influence of feeling weak and lacking in energy. For recover and being better nutrition plays a fundamental role. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other precious substances that are excellent sources some foods can help to counteract the flu. Let's see together with the nutritionist Valentina Schirò, specialized in food science, where to find them and why it is better to bring them to the table.

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To counteract the feeling of exhaustion

Has the flu knocked you down? To combat tiredness and promote recovery do not miss the C vitamin. "Kiwis, citrus fruits and a little bit of seasonal fruit and vegetables are good sources. In addition to defending in advance from the attack of viruses and bacteria, responsible for colds, sore throat, cough and fever, this substance helps to strengthen the immune system weakened by the flu. At the table, then, at the table B vitamins that help to obtain energy and recover strength and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, copper, iron that contrast the sense of exhaustion and fatigue, typical of the period following the flu, "explains the nutritionist.

To eliminate toxins and fight soreness

To regain your strength and feel better after the influence in the daily menus, you should not miss them fibers. "In addition to favoring the regularity of the intestine, they help to get rid of waste substances accumulated as a result of the use of drugs. Yes, even to the foods that are source of antioxidants, precious for the airways to defeat the cold and to fight the pain of muscles and bones thanks to their anti-inflammatory action , the expert suggests.

To avoid relapses

To feel better and avoid the reappearance of fever, colds and other seasonal illnesses is essential take care of the intestine, where most of the immune cells are found. How? "Bringing to the table foods rich in probiotics, good bacteria that promote the balance of intestinal bacterial flora, essential to keep healthy as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso and those that contain prebiotics, fibers like inulin that nourish beneficial microorganisms, including bananas, chicory , rocket, cereals, onions, "suggests the nutritionist Valentina Schirò.

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