Knowing that herbs and spices are teeming with potent antioxidant compounds, researchers from Penn State set out to determine if adding a blend of herbs and spices to a high fat meal could mitigate its adverse effects. For this study, they fed 6 overweight, but healthy men two separate test meals on two separate days. The meals were identical except that one contained two tablespoons of a blend of herbs and spices. After consuming the meal spiked with the herbs and spices, several metabolic benefits were documented including: a 13 percent increase in blood antioxidant levels, a 20 percent decrease in blood insulin levels, and a 30 percent decrease in blood triglyceride levels. (These benefits rival prescription drugs!) The spice blend contained rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, turmeric, garlic, and paprika.*
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*(Journal of Nutrition, August 2011)