Scientists from Iranian Institute of Medical Sciences, Shahid Sadoughi found that people who consume a teaspoon of ground cumin a day lose weight three times faster than people who are on a diet but do not consume the spice.
The study included 88 overweight women. All the women during the study reduced the daily calorie intake by 500cal and consumed healthy food.
However, half of the respondents had three grams of cumin powder, mixed in low-fat and sugar free yogurt. After three months, the group that consumed cumin lost more weight.
On average they lost 1.5 kilograms more than women who did not consume cumin. In addition, as much as 14 percent of them had reduced fat in the body.
Women who did not consume it lost about five pounds and reduced fat by 4.9 percent.
This spice has helped in reducing cholesterol levels by 10 percent.
Scientists explain this effect by the fact that cumin contains plenty of fitosferol, which has the ability to absorb cholesterol, and contains substances that speed up the metabolism.