Curry can stop you putting on weight

Turmeric, used in most Indian meals, helps fight obesity

It may seem too good to be true but if you are trying to stop piling on the pounds, eating lots of curry might be a good option.

According to the latest scientific findings the flavouring turmeric, used in most Indian meals, has an active ingredient which could help fight obesity.

Turmeric contains a plant-based chemical called curcumin which is easily absorbed by the body, according to a study from Tufts University in Boston. A meal which includes turmeric will lead to less weight gain than a meal with all the same ingredients apart from the yellow powder.

Reporting their findings in the Journal of Nutrition researchers found curcumin suppresses the growth of fat tissue in mice and human cell cultures. In particular turmeric is effective when added to a high-fat meal, suggesting it could help fight obesity.

It appears the curcumin prevents the formation of new blood vessels which in turn help expand fatty tissue which is the cause of weight gain.

Senior researcher Mohsen Meydani said: ‘Weight gain is the result of the growth and expansion of fat tissue which cannot happen unless new blood vessels form, a process known as angiogenesis.’

‘Based on our data, curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue of mice fed high-fat diets.’

The next step will be to perform clinical trials on humans, said the researchers.

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