Appetite Suppressant Spices

by Linda Tarr Kent ; Updated July 18, 2017

Red peppers help curb cravings.

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Spices can do more than add color and flavor to your dishes; they can also help you keep your appetite in check. Using spices is a good way to reduce sodium in your diet, helping to prevent bloat as well. Some spices even provide thermogenic, or metabolism-revving, benefits.

Garcinia Indica

Garcinia Indica is a natural appetite suppressant when used before meals, according to “Indian Spices” by A. G. Mathew and Salim Pushpanath. The active agent in this spice is hydroxy citric acid, or HCA. The outer cover of Garcinia Indica is dried in order to get kokam, which is a spice that can be substituted for tamarind in curry, advises foodista.com. You may also chew the seeds from the whole spice to gain benefits.

Sea Vegetables

Seaweed, sometimes called “sea vegetables,” are good appetite suppressant spices thanks to their polysaccharides, according to Lewis Harrison’s “Master Your Metabolism: The All Natural, (All-Herbal) Way to Lose Weight.” Polysaccharides form mucilage when they come into contact with water, which in turn distends a person’s stomach without getting absorbed. This leads to a sense of fullness. These spices also stimulate metabolism.

Red Pepper

Eating red pepper decreases appetite, according to a study published in the 1999 "British Journal of Nutrition." This effect is possibly related to a rise in sympathetic nervous system activity, according to lead author M. Yoshioka. Study subjects who included red pepper in their breakfasts were less likely to desire snacks before lunch. Those who consumed an appetizer before lunch that included red pepper also tended to take in fewer calories at lunchtime as well as during a post-lunch snack, the study found. Hot spices stimulate thirst as well, so people who utilize them often drink more water, advises the Holistic Online website. The active ingredient in peppers is capsicum.

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Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.