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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Watching Dr Oz Quiz 6/2/12: Spice

Which spice can stop the formation of new fat cells according to new research on The Dr. Oz Show?

A. Chili powder
B. Turmeric
C. Black pepper
D. Cayenne pepper



The Answer:
Black pepper

Your Answers:
Chili powder - 6%
Turmeric - 45%
Black pepper - 6%
Cayenne pepper - 41%

Answer: Black Pepper
This has a hard question for Watching Dr Oz fans. The answer, black pepper, was mentioned this week however all the spices have been mentioned several times on this season of The Dr. Oz Show to promote detoxification and metabolism support.

Kristen Kirkpatrick, Wellness Manager for the Cleveland Clinc [and regular blogger on] appeared on the 5/24/12 episode of The Dr. Oz Show and recommended adding a ½ teaspoon of black pepper to your morning meal to help to stop the formation of new fat cells, according to new research.

And that's the extent of the information provided on black pepper and fat cells. It's compelling information and on top of it black pepper is a wonderful spice on many foods which can also support healthy levels of inflammation in the body. But the jury is still out on whether incorporating copious amounts of black pepper will solve weight problems in people.

In the article Black Pepper May Give You a Kick But Don't Count It For Weight Loss by Gretchen Cuda Kroen published May 12, 2012 on, Ms. Kroen says, “before you run out and buy yourself a pepper grinder and a pint of ice cream, it's worth noting that the studies were done on cells grown in a petri dish. And not even human cells — mouse cells — loaded with concentrations of piperine 100 times higher than what one might ever achieve in the bloodstream.”

The article goes on to say that spicy foods have been shown to provide some health benefits though the effects are moderate if best. Capsaicin found in chili peppers has been shown to support the metabolism. Spicy foods in general have long been believed to rev up the metabolism as well as control the appetite.

Cayenne Pepper and Chili Powder
Hot and spicy, these two ingredients are used in cuisine throughout the world. Both cayenne pepper and chili powder have also long been used to provide detoxification support to the body by savaging free radicals and loosening material in the intestines so the body can excrete it.

Turmeric was the crowd favorite on this quiz. Turmeric is popular in Indian cooking – it's one of the spices that make up curry – and has been connected with digestive health. Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, is an antioxidant and plays a role in managing inflammation in the body. Turmeric has been recommended for a wide variety of ailments from cancer to heart disease to colitis.

Spices can provide many health benefits and I think science has barely touched the surface of understanding the power of spices and their connection to health. Knowing that they are healthy for may provide some inspiration to experiment by adding new and different spices to foods.

Using different spices can make an old meal taste new. Healthy foods that may be new to you can be enhanced with spices and just might help people increase the amount and variety of healthy foods in their meal planning.

Add variety and health benefits to your food with a little shake of the spice bottle! What is your favorite spice and which new spice would you like to try?


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