Throw a little extra chili powder on that dish! New research shows that there is a connection between spicy foods and weight in humans.
A study from the University of Wyoming proved that capsaicin, an element found in chili peppers, had helped control the weight of mice that ate high-fat foods for a prolonged period of time. Results of the experiment show that the capsaicin in chili peppers could likewise help overweight humans by boosting metabolism. Additionally, chili pepper stimulates the body to burn energy and change problematic white fat-storing cells into “healthy,” brown fat cells. “In our bodies, white fat cells store energy and brown fat cells serve as thermogenic (heat-producing) machinery to burn stored fat,” said Vivek Krishnan, a student researcher. “Eating calorie-rich food and a lack of physical activity cause an imbalance in metabolism that leads to obesity.”
While chili pepper will not be a magical solution for people eating irresponsibly, it can perhaps be used as a diet aid, in conjunction with correct nutrition. The research team will begin developing a natural dietary supplement for people suffering from a surplus of fat and more serious obesity.