Fenugreek is a herb that has been used for centuries in Indian cuisine. It has also recently become popular to add it to vegan recipes as a faux meat ingredient.
Like many other herbs, fenugreek can be grown at home. While your chances of producing a successful crop are not guaranteed, you can always try!
For those who are not gardeners, buying fenugreek seeds is an easy way to start growing your own herb. Luckily for you, we found some for you!
Starting your own garden is a fun way to learn about plants and how to take care of them. There are many ways to do it, so check out some tips here if you are new to gardening.
Whether you are starting out or have been for a while, there is always something new to learn about gardening.
Does fenugreek make your taste buds more receptive to sweetness?
Some claim that fenugreek can make your taste buds more receptive to sweetness. If you are trying to eat less sugar, this may be a helpful effect of fenugreek.
Many foods are already flavored with spices like cinnamon and saffron, which Fenugreek can also enhance the flavor of. This makes it a good addition to many recipes.
However, there is no scientific evidence that fenugreek reduces appetite or increases weight loss. One study found that overweight and obese women did not lose any more weight after 8 weeks of taking a Fenugreek seed extract supplement than those who took a placebo (nothing).
If you are looking for ways to reduce your cravings for food, try sticking with foods that are low in calories and fats instead of drugs or supplements. Try eating foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts to feel full and satisfied.
Will I taste like maple syrup?
While many people report that fenugreek does not make you taste like maple syrup, there are a few who claim that it did make them taste slightly like maple syrup.
Some say that if you constantly taste your own sweat, you will become more accustomed to the flavor and eventually ignore it. While this may be true to an extent, it is hard to ignore a strong flavor like honey!
Unfortunately, we do not have any reliable reports of anyone who smelled or tasted like fenugreek but did not use it. If you do encounter this phenomenon, please let us know!
It is possible that your body chemistry makes you more or less susceptible to the aroma of fenugreek. Some people may not smell it, but your body might pick up on it.
Does it work with other spices?
While many users report that fenugreek works as promised, some say that it does not work every time. Some people suggest mixing it with other spices, like cayenne pepper or turmeric to help it work.
Overall, if you are looking to grow your hair faster or trying to cure hair loss, we would not recommend using fenugreek alone. It is better to use it with other spices like turmeric or cayenne pepper as some users report better results.
However, if you just want a milder scent on your body then Fenugreek may work for you! Just make sure to keep tracking of how much you use so that you do not end up with too much of a smell on your body.
Remember, everyone is different and some people may have different levels of sensitivity to the smell of fenugreek.
What does it taste like?
Fenugreek has a pretty strong flavor itself. Many describe it as tasting like curry. Others say it tastes like maple syrup, hence the nickname ‘fenugrape’.
However, you can also say that it tastes like grass. Yes, GRASS! Many fenugreek users have said that once you get past the smell of the plant, and then taste of it, it almost tastes like dirt.
So, if you are not a fan of curry or maple syrup, I would suggest staying away from fenugreek! It will definitely not mask other flavors in your milk.
Surprisingly enough though, many have said that after having a baby and nursing, their milk tasted more like what they drank prior to pregnancy- coffee or tea for example. This is because your body is responding to what you are eating and how your baby likes the taste of your milk.
How do I use it?
Once you have your fenugreek, how do you use it? Well, this spice has a unique smell and taste, so there are few ways to include it in your diet.
You can add it to smoothies or drinks as a flavor addition. Try mixing it with banana or berries for a subtle taste. If you like fenugreek, try making it the dominant flavor of the drink!
If you are not a fan of the smell, then sprinkle a little on food like fish or chicken. You can also use it in recipes like curry or rice dishes.
As mentioned before, some people use fenugreek to boost libido and sperm quality. To do this, you must take capsule containing fenugreek seed extract.
Can I buy it at any grocery store?
Fenugreek can be found at most grocery stores in the form of dried fenugreek leaves or seeds. You can find them in the spice aisle, with the other spices.
Many online retailers also sell fenugreek in the form of seeds or as a pure extract. You can even find it on Amazon!
If you are looking to use fenugreek in your post-pregnancy diet, then get some dried leaves or seeds and make your own mix. Mixing it into pasta sauce or using it as a bread topping is an easy way to use it.
You can also get a bottled sauce or dressing that uses fenugreek as a flavor enhancing agent. This way, you can have some flavor on your food without having to use lots of the herb itself.
What are the possible side effects?
Fenugreek can cause some side effects, but not everyone may experience them. Some of these include stomach discomfort, diarrhea, gas, and bloating.
However, the greatest risk is that it can alter your hormones. Specifically, it can lower your levels of testosterone and estrogen. This is due to it containing fenugreek estrogen mimic molecules.
For men, this is a big no-no as low testosterone can lead to symptoms such as weight gain, decreased muscle mass, and low sex drive.
For women, this can lead to symptoms such as low sex drive and fertility issues. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to test if you have enough of the hormones fenugreek affects without paying for a test.
It is advised to stop using it for a week to test if the symptoms go away and/or return. If they do not, then it was likely not the cause.
Is there a way to prevent them?
Thankfully, antiperspirants and deodorants can help combat overly wet underarms. Many brands offer a variety of products for all levels of sweat.
Trial and error is the best way to find what works for you! Some people use combination products such as antiperspirant wipes that require you to only apply the deodorant part.
Others use completely natural deodorants or antiperspirants that require you to apply more than once a day. Some even have recommendations for how often you have to reapply depending on your level of sweat.
Some people with hyperhidrosis have found success with medical treatments or surgical procedures. These are not universally effective, however. Medical treatments can vary from prescription drugs to botox injections.
Surgery most commonly targets the axillary (underarm) glands to reduce their size and function, which reduces sweat production.