Researchers based at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands found that the spice and herbs commonly used in herbal teas and Indian cooking have natural properties that increase the rate at which the body burns fat.
Eating spicy curry and drinking plenty of herbal tea could be an effective way to lose weight, a recent study has found.
They tested the effects of various ingredients on the weight loss and food intake of rats, with certain foods found to be especially conducive to weight loss.
Ingredients such as ginger, turmeric, cumin and red chilli were found to be particularly effective, with combinations better than consuming them individually.
Curry is also thought to be a useful addition to the diet of those hoping to lose weight because it makes people feel full sooner, as well as being an aid to digestion.
Herbal teas were also found to decrease the food intake in the rats, as well as causing some loss of weight.
However, Writing in the journal Physiology and Behaviour the researchers warn that increasing intake of herbs and spices is only likely to aid weight loss as part of an over all healthy lifestyle, including plenty of exercise as well as diet changes.