Researchers have concluded that eating high-fat meals with certain nutrients might actually be good for you.

Penn State researchers concluded in a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Nutrition that eating a high-fat meal that’s also high in herbs and spices can reduce the amount of triglycerides—a type of fat—that leach into the bloodstream.

Scientists added two tablespoons of rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder and paprika to a high fat and carbohydrate meal that they fed to one group, and the same meal, sans spices, to a control group; the spice group showed a 13 percent increase in antioxidant activity in the blood, a 20 percent decrease in insulin response and a 30 percent reduced triglyceride response.

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This piece first appeared in Competitor magazine.