Firstly let me give you some fun facts about spices and weight loss benefits.
Studies have shown the wonder spice is not only rich in vitamins but also contains capsaicin a compound that gives hot peppers their heat, increasing the rate of thermo- genesis by stimulating the nervous system. This not leads to short increases in metabolism and aids digestion
Cinnamon is a low carb spice that is a natural sweetener with a delicious nutty flavour.
It encourages your body to reduce blood sugar and fights carb cravings, but before you pile it on by the spoonful, note that cinnamon has a chemical called coumarin, which can lead to liver damage if consumed in very large amounts.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed when curcumin supplements were given to mice on a high fat diet, they lost both fat and body weight, despite taking in the same amount of food. Curcumin also instructs your liver to produce mRNA, which flushes bad cholesterol (LDL) from your body.
Allicin, present in garlic, is effective for fighting high cholesterol, high insulin and unhealthy blood sugar levels. Garlic controls appetite- perfect for healthy weight loss.
Where there is garlic, ginger can’t be far behind. Ginger is an effective diuretic, increasing urine elimination and Garlic hinders cholesterol absorption and improves gastric mobility by pushing food and waste through the digestive system.
Carbs in Herbs and Spices
Generally, I wouldn't bother counting carbs in my herbs because I use a pinch and besides I am focused on the bigger picture and not every tiny detail
TIP: Herbs and spices have an average life span of six months. Date them with a permanent marker and keep them in your fridge or freezer.
If you are still wondering how many carbs could you possibly get from a 1/4 teaspoon of dried up leaves…?
Net Carbs in 1 Teaspoon
• Basil – 0.3 g
• Cinnamon – 0.6 g
• Dill – 0.4 g
• Garlic Powder – 1.0 g
• Nutmeg – 0.6 g
• Oregano – 0.1 g
• Paprika – 0.4 g
• Pepper – 0.0 g
• Rosemary – 0.2 g
• Salt – 0.0 g
• Thyme – 0.3 g
Tips: Rather make you own spices and most shops are filled with sugar.