The fiery flavor on your tongue from that chipotle chicken may send more signals to your brain other than “HOT”, according to recent research. In fact, the spice may flip your hunger switch to “OFF”.
Hot Peppers and Weight Loss: Boost Metabolism and Melt Fat
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity examined the link between capsaicin, a phytonutrient found in hot peppers, and it’s role in the body’s mechanism of hunger and cravings for fat and calories.
In the study, 24 participants were either given red pepper (in capsule or tomato-juice drink form) or a placebo thirty minutes before each meal. The researchers found that spice-eaters were less hungry, consumed fewer calories and less fat than the group not receiving capsaicin. Those participants getting their spice in drink form (so that the capsaicin came into direct contact with taste buds) had an even greater reduction in fat and calories, as well felt more satisfied after the meal.
Studies show that capsaicin stimulates energy release (helping you to burn more calories) especially when consumed before exercise. It also speeds the rate at which lipids are broken down and converted to energy.
Getting the Weight Loss Benefits of Hot Peppers
So go ahead and add that extra cayenne to your chili and top your eggs with spicy pepper sauce (like Tabasco, Cholula and Sriracha) to boost flavor, diminish cravings and burn more fat.