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Hot Peppers Help You Lose Weight: UCLA Researchers

If you enjoy spicy food with lots of hot peppers and chillies, now there's even more of a reason to like them. The burning, heat sensation you experience when eating a hot pepper is caused by the substance capsaicin. There has been a growing amount of evidence that capsaicin may help to burn that extra bit of fat when you're exercising. For those who can't handle chillies, look out for the non-spicy versions of peppers containing dihydrocapsiate (DCT). David Hever, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, recently revealed convincing evidence that DCT significantly increased fat oxidation. So for your next meal, why not add some more peppers?

More at Science Daily | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Hot, Chilli, Pepper, Weight, Loss, Capsaicin, DCT, Dihydrocapsiate, David Hever

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Philip commenter Philip at 5:57 am on May 1, 2010

There have been an awful lot of diet pills and supplements (anyone remember fen-phen) pulled from the market only after causing great harm. Meridia looks to be the latest to have serious side effects. Just eat a healthy diet. Chili peppers good, dihydrocapsiate probably bad for you

There is an interesting post at the Health Journal Club that makes the case that people should just not eat anything that wasn’t a food 100 years ago. Sure gets rid of all the aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, GM food garbage they try and pass off as food these days.

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