Internal Benefits of Cumin Powder
There were internal benefits, too. The cumin group’s levels of harmful blood fats, or triglycerides, dropped by 23 points, while the control group’s decreased only by 5. Cumin eaters also knocked an average of nearly 10 points off their “bad” LDL cholesterol reading. The control group shed just half a point in that category.
What is in Cumin that is Helpful for Weight Loss?
How did the cumin group get such dramatic changes just from eating a little of the spice? First, cumin is rich in phytosterols, plant chemicals known to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the body. Since this is the first research to show the spice has weight-loss benefits, the study authors also speculate that cumin, like other hot spices, temporarily increases metabolic rate. (Join Prevention’s 21-Day Challenge to lose weight and feel amazing by summer!)
1 lb yukon gold potatoes, cut in a medium dice
1 lb carrots, peeled and cut into a medium dice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 med yellow onion, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper or serrano chile, sliced
8 oz kale, stemmed and torn into bite sized pieces
1 tsp ground cumin
8 lg eggs
1 ripe avocado, diced
½ c water
¼ c fresh lemon juice
Fresh dill, for serving
- PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Place potatoes and carrots in a large straight-sided skillet and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook until almost tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- HEAT oil over medium high heat in the skillet. Add onion and jalapeño, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in kale, cumin, ½ tsp kosher salt, and ½ tsp pepper, and cook until kale is wilted, about 2 minutes. With a large spoon make 4 indentations in the hash mixture and place 2 eggs in each indent. Bake until the eggs are set, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- COMBINE avocado, water, lemon juice, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper in a blender while the eggs bake and puree until smooth. Add up to 2 Tbsp more water until mixture has a sauce-like consistency. Serve the eggs and hash topped with avocado hollandaise and fresh dill.
NUTRITION (per serving): 458 cal, 19 g pro, 44 g carb, 10 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 24 g fat, 5 g sat fat, 607 mg sodium