In my lifelong quest to find foods that are healthy and slimming I have just encountered the most wonderful news! If you love Indian food as I do you will be even happier because according to a study from Tufts University in Boston turmeric (aka the skinny spice and often known in curry meals especially Indian foods) contains a plant-based chemical called curcumin which is easily absorbed by the body and appears to fight fat.
The researchers findings which are in the Journal of Nutrition, also explains how curcumin suppresses the growth of fat tissue in mice and human cell cultures ( I am not for the testing of curry on mice or animal testing-sorry had to throw my opinion in there). Apparently the turmeric is effective when added to a high-fat meal, suggesting it could help fight obesity. It appears the curcumin prevents the formation of new blood vessels which in turn help expand fatty tissue which is the cause of weight gain. Now this is a great scientific explanation but the truth is that (I never did well in science-sigh) to me if it tastes good, is good for you and helps fight weight gain then wooohoooooo! Bring on the curry!
It seems that the laboratory tests were done on mice who were fed high fat diets for 12 weeks (again I completely disagree with animal testing even if it is just curry). One group had 500mg of curcumin added to each meal and the other group did not. After 12 weeks, the mice which were fed curcumin weighed less than those which did not eat it. The researchers found the curcumin fed mice were not growing as many new blood vessels as the others and had lower blood cholesterol.
The conclusion of the study data was that curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue of mice fed high fat diets. For you science lovers you probably love the detailed scientific explanation but for you food and non scientific laymen (like me) you love that you can eat curry, curry, curry and fight fat. Now I just need to go and find some great recipes and spice them up with turmeric. I bet turmeric would be good in soups, rices, tofu, sprinkled on some nuts, etc. The options are endless so curry it up! Hurry for some curry!
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