Peppers help burn fat

Sunday, May 30th, 2010 | In Health | Tags:

~ Peppers ~

Spice up your dishes with extra peppers and if you can not take the heat, the non-so-spicy peppers also work to burn fat and speed up metabolism, declared researchers at the Experimental Biology 2010, and annual scientific meeting in Anaheim, California, recently.

The team of researchers from UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) Centre of Human Nutrition, led by professor of medicine and public health David Heber, found eating dihydrocapsiate (DCT), a non-burning substance akin to capsaicin, the pepper-derived substance that does burn, “can have the same potential benefit as hot peppers at least in part by increasing food-induced heat production. They were also able to show that DCT significantly increased fat oxidation, pushing the body to use more fat as fuels”.

In the study the peppers were added to a low-calorie diet. Heber and the researchers concluded that peppers “may help people lose weight when they consume a low-calorie diet by increasing metabolism”.

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