Advertisement

Eating to Lose Weight? Sprinkle on Red Pepper Flakes

Eating to Lose Weight? Sprinkle on Red Pepper Flakes

Wouldn't it be great if you could just sprinkle something on your food to help you lose weight? Research suggests these fiery flakes might fit the bill: crushed red pepper.

A small batch of studies has shown that a key ingredient in hot peppers -- capsaicin -- may help curb appetite and hinder the storage of fat.

Slim and Spicy
If you're serious about losing weight, red pepper flakes alone aren't going to move the dial much. But they could be a useful addition to a legitimate weight loss plan. Researchers in one study concluded that capsaicin may boost sympathetic nervous system activity in a way that dampens hunger and calorie intake later in the day. And related research found that capsiate -- a capsaicin-like compound from sweet peppers -- hindered fat storage and boosted weight loss.

Fiery-Hot Weight Loss
Besides possibly helping you lose more weight, adding heat to low-calorie meals will boost flavor and interest as well -- whether you choose capsaicin-rich cayenne pepper, diced jalapenos, or any variety of hot chili peppers. 

A Sweet Treat That Slims You Down
A Sweet Treat That Slims You Down
Next time you want to sweeten your oatmeal, should you use molasses, or brown sugar? If you're watching your waistline, the answer may be molasses. I...
Read More
How can eating strawberries help me lose weight?
Leopold D. Galland, MDLeopold D. Galland, MD
The ellagic acid and anthocyanins found in strawberries aid weight loss in at least three ways:1. Ch...
More Answers
7 Effortless Eating Hacks for Summer Weight Loss
7 Effortless Eating Hacks for Summer Weight Loss7 Effortless Eating Hacks for Summer Weight Loss7 Effortless Eating Hacks for Summer Weight Loss7 Effortless Eating Hacks for Summer Weight Loss
Shed pounds without ever having to break a sweat.
Start Slideshow
What Is the Most Critical Medical Issue Americans Face?
What Is the Most Critical Medical Issue Americans Face?