What herbs can promote weight loss?

Nancy Teeter
Nutrition & Dietetics

Herbal supplements are not FDA controlled and can be harmful, thus I advise against use for the purpose of weight loss. On the other hand, herbs that are added in cooking (e.g. basil, thyme, oregano, etc.) can enhance food’s natural flavor and increase the enjoyment of smaller portions. Spices like chiles, garlic, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon add flavor and may even increase metabolism. The key to weight loss is to eat food you love in portions that meet the calorie need of the body you want to achieve. There are no “silver bullets” when it comes to weight loss, so steer clear of supplements.

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