Wish you could consume more fatty foods? For those who are trying to control their cholesterol and calorie levels, there's no need to feel deprived. A recent study featured on Science Daily shows that spices are a pretty good substitute for fat.

Researchers led by Dr. John Peters of the University of Colorado asked 150 volunteers to eat meatloaf, vegetables and creamy pasta in three versions: a full-fat plate with 610 calories, a reduced-fat plate with 395 calories plus spices such as onion, oregano, garlic, and paprika, and a plain reduced-fat plate. The meals were then rated from one to nine, with nine being the highest.

Results showed that the full-fat and the spiced-up reduced fat meals scored an average of 7.0—proof that it's possible to eat with less fat and still satisfy your taste buds. So, the next time you go grocery shopping, don’t forget to stock up on a few herbs and spices. You never know just what health conditions you may have sidestepped because of it.

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