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    Spicy food combats fat

    Some good news blatantly ripped off a news site but thought this was interesting for us devotes of the chilli and other spices.




    Turmeric, cinnamon and other antioxidant spices reduce the negative effects of eating high-fat foods, according to researchers at Penn State University.
    "Normally, when you eat a high-fat meal, you end up with high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood," explained Sheila West, associate professor of bio-behavioural health, who led the study, published in the Journal of Nutrition.
    "If this happens too frequently, or if triglyceride levels are raised too much, your risk of heart disease is increased. We found that adding spices to a high-fat meal reduced triglyceride response by about 30 per cent, compared to a similar meal with no spices added," she told Science Daily.
    West's team examined the effects of spices on 6 men aged between 30 and 65, all of whom were overweight but otherwise healthy.
    Meals consisting of chicken curry, Italian herb bread and a cinnamon biscuit were prepared for the subjects on two separate days. Two tablespoons of spices were added to each serving. Over the thee hours which followed, blood was drawn from the participants every 30 minutes.
    "In the spiced meal, we used rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder and paprika," said Ann Skulas-Ray, postdoctoral fellow. "We selected these spices because they had potent antioxidant activity previously under controlled conditions in the lab." The antioxidant dose, West estimated, was roughly equivalent to 148ml of red wine or 40g of dark chocolate.
    Among subjects who consumed the spiced meal, antioxidant activity in the blood increased by 13 per cent and insuline response decreased by roughly 20 per cent.
    "Antioxidants, like spices, may be important in reducing oxidative stress and thus reducing the risk of chronic disease," said West, who added that many scientists think that oxidative stress contributes to heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.
    Skulas-Ray noted that the spices had no effect on the patients' enjoyment of their meals. "They enjoyed the food and had no gastrointestinal problems," she said. But West intends to study whether similar effects can be achieved with smaller quantities of spices.
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    That's good news!

    And I've got a curry in the fridge not to dissimilar to the one in the pic that I'm gonna eat right now with poppadoms.

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    Salt should be avoided, retains water...

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    Spicy food goes through me like draino.

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    Faaaaaark!! I've run out of poppadoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Spicy food goes through me like draino.
    LT, think of it as a colonic irrigation in reverse.

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    I should be on the safe side as I've always enjoyed spicy foods and partake in those antioxidant spices as noted in the Penn State study. BTW, I am also an alumni of the Penn State University.

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    LT, it goes through you faster than a Nuns first curry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Spicy food goes through me like draino.
    I'm good with spicy and after living in Thailand for so long I'd have though your tolerance to the Ghandi's revenge would have been well up.

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    Peterpan,

    Thanks for the artice (I grenned you), but where is the link?

    Thanks.

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    My missus eats really spicy food and is slowly but surely reaching large proportions. Maybe it doesn't work on old folk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbaro View Post
    Peterpan,

    Thanks for the artice (I grenned you), but where is the link?

    Thanks.
    Will have to look it up

    it was taken of this site Stuff.co.nz - Latest New Zealand News & World News, Sports News & NZ Weather Forecasts

    spicy link http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/fo...od-combats-fat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smug Farang Bore
    LT, it goes through you faster than a Nuns first curry!
    No.......not on them new barstools ?

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