How Peppers Can Help You Lose Weight

Cayenne Peppers

Those who enjoy eating spicy foods are sure to be pleased by the fact that pepper and hot sauce have been linked with weight loss. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes that daily consumption of capsaicin, the chemical that makes cayenne pepper hot, can not only lead to belly fat loss but also a healthy loss of appetite. In fact, those who ate foods with cayenne pepper at one meal ate significantly fewer calories the next meal than those who did not eat cayenne pepper with their food.

Another study done by the National Institutes of Health and the McCormick Spice Company has found that eating just half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper can cause the body to burn more calories than it would otherwise. The reason for this is unclear, but one professional opinion has noted that pepper does affect one of the main nerves in the head and neck, possibly triggering the body to increase energy expenditure.

Black pepper is also known to promote weight loss, as it contains compounds that break down fat cells. What is more, it also enables a person to better absorb the nutrients found in the food.

Powdered pepper is generally better than hot sauce, as many commercial brands of hot sauce also contain a lot of sodium. You do not have to use a lot of pepper on your food; simply sprinkle a bit on one or two meals every single day. At the same time, you should not rely on pepper alone to lose weight, as a proper diet is a must if you want to shed pounds and keep them off.

If you want to lose weight, try adding a bit of pepper to your food from time to time. It is tasty, healthy and can help your body shed fat faster than would have otherwise been possible.


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