We all know that fried foods are music to the taste buds, but they are full of fat. If you want to keep the flavor and cut fat, new research shows that it is possible, and the best part is that you can cut bunches of calories from your diet at the same time.
According to a study, lower fat meals that are flavored with spices are actually just as tasty as their counterparts with full fat. The research was presented during the annual meeting and Food Expo of the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists that took place earlier in July.
Researchers with the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at University of Colorado served 150 participants three different versions of a meatloaf meal. The first was full-fat, next came the reduced-fat, and last was reduced-fat seasoned with oregano, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Even though the last meal had an estimated 35 percent fewer calories than the first meal, participants reported liking the last meal just as much as the first meal.
Many people don’t realize how much our desire for the flavor of foods that are high in fat. During the hunter-gatherer stage, food was hard to come by, so people needed every last calorie they could get to fuel their bodies. These days, since people are no longer active and eat much more frequently than our ancestors, too much fat not only causes us to become fat, but it has many negative side effects, as well.
According to the author of the study, John Peters, PhD, and chief of strategy and innovation with the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, seasonings help to create a totally different type of flavor that people seem to like.
You should know that the study was partly funded by the McCormick Science Institute, which is linked to the maker of spices, McCormick & Company, Inc. However, the methods of the study, as well as the results are legitimate, and they show that when working to cut fat for an overall healthy lifestyle, spices can help to boost the flavor and keep you on track with your diet goals.