There’s no magic pill for instantly losing weight. Well, not yet at least. Whittling down your middle still takes a bit of work.
But some weight loss hacks can help you get there far easier. Such as choosing whole grains over refined flour products. Dropping the processed junk for real food. And adding more resistant starch foods to your diet.
And now research has revealed one more dieting trick that could help you say goodbye to belly flab far faster. A delicious combo you likely already love.
According to researchers, combining onions and garlic could help us fight fat.
Here’s what we know…
Onions and garlic build a barrier against fat
In an animal study out of China, scientists fed a bunch of lab rats a high fat, high calorie diet. But one group also received onion and garlic oils with their feasts.
The rats which received the oils didn’t pack on the pounds as expected. They gained significantly less weight than their pudgy pals which didn’t get the combo. And just as exciting, the onion and garlic oils appeared to protect their little livers from the high fat food as well.
Plus this isn’t the first time we’ve seen research hinting that onions and garlic could help us with weight loss.
We don’t know exactly how the research will translate to humans yet. But we do know allicin and quercetin, active ingredients in onions and garlic, fight fat accumulation and boost metabolism.
Which means eating more of them could be the key to beating your own belly fat.
4 MORE reasons to eat onions and garlic
But winning the battle of the bulge isn’t the only reason to eat more of these pungent veggies. You’re getting other valuable health benefits in every bite.
Following are four more fabulous reasons to stock up on onions and garlic at the grocery store.
1. Beef up your brain:
Oxidative stress can wreak havoc on your brain. It affects the brain-blood barrier and harms your brain cells. But Korean scientists may have found a way to prevent, and even undo, some of that damage.
The researchers tracked the effects of onion extract on the brain. They found that the natural antioxidant allium, found in onions and garlic, reduced the tell-tale markers of inflammation. And at the same time, it increased the production of protective chemicals in the brain.
2. Fight cancer:
This spicy combo is so promising when it comes to fighting cancer that The National Cancer Institute has an entire fact sheet devoted to the topic. Studies have linked onions and garlic to a lower risk of stomach, colon, esophageal, pancreatic, colorectal, prostate and breast cancers.
3. Boost immune system:
Both onions and garlic are swimming in immune-building antioxidants.
Garlic may be able to help you fight off colds and the flu. Studies show the spice can reduce your risk of getting sick. And should you still get sick, garlic might shorten your illness.
And both veggies have antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Which means they could help you fight off all kinds of infections.
4. Improves nutrition:
Onions and garlic don’t just deliver a bunch of good-for-you nutrients. Experts say they help your body process vital minerals, as well.
According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they help your body absorb iron and zinc.
Onions and garlic add an extra punch of flavor that will wake up just about any boring meal. And with each forkful you’ll be reaping bunches of health benefits too.
So go ahead and stock up on your next shopping trip. Just don’t forget the mints!