If you like spicy food then there’s good news for you. Research published in British Journal of Nutrition proved that by adding more spices to your food, you can eat less and may become slightly happier. A study published in British Journal of Nutrition found that when women consume their meals with two teaspoon of dried red pepper, they tend to eat less calories and fat in their next meals.

Although this may sound like good news, I am not inclined to try incorporating red pepper in my meals. First of all, the amount of red pepper used is way too much. Two teaspoons of dried red pepper will sure mess up my meals like hell. I prefer to taste my meals without being burned in the mouth.

I couldn’t find the link to the particular study in British Journal of Nutrition which was featured in MSNBC but I found a similar study which used men as respondents to test the effect of red pepper on fat intake here. The finding wasn’t too encouraging either. It says that “The present results indicate that the maximum tolerable dose is necessary to have a suppressive effect of red pepper on fat intake.”

In English that means you need to have the maximum amount of red pepper that you can tolerate in order to experience the fat slashing effect of red pepper. If you intend to fully utilize red pepper to cut your fat intake then it means that you are in for a rough time. You will need to consume a lot of red pepper in your meals in order to have significant effect.

Of course we can take the sensible way by adding a sensible amount of spice on appropriate dishes. For example, I like to add salsa on baked potato, mashed potato, and meat. I also like to add half or one teaspoon of red pepper to sushi and vegetable soup. I don't want the meals to become too hot to taste. A study quoted by USNEWS explained that chili pepper can actually reduce the amount of insulin (read about the relationship of insulin and fat here).

Moral of the story, try to add spice whenever you see it fits. It has tons of benefit and can aid you in maintaining or lowering your weight, but don’t let that spice ruins your delicious food just for the sake of weight loss. You won’t enjoy your diet if all of your meals are composed of ‘spiced up’ foods.


  1. Shane said...

    It sometimes amazes me that people get paid to do this kind of research!!!!!!!!!

  2. Pete said...

    This is good news... This year I successfully grew a few hot pepper plants on the balcony. ;)

  3. Angelina said...

    I shudder to see those peppers inside my meal. One teaspoon is already enough to make my mouth bleed :(.

  4. Brice said...

    I really enjoy green peppers, I wonder if the benefits are the same for this?

  5. Leigh said...

    Just the thought of those peppers in my food is enough to put me off eating.
    I have never liked them since my brother put one in a sandwich when I was younger!

  6. Crystal said...

    Yay, I love spicy foods :-D

  7. Cherry said...

    Brice: there's no research evidence that I know which says so, we can assume that it is only for red pepper.

    Good news for those who enjoy their meals to be served as spicy as possible (I know a lot of people do)

  8. Dewleafoo said...

    Definetly good news for spicy food lovers, here is a recipe to try with a spicy kick!

    Hot 'N Spicy Corn Dip

    2 cups frozen corn, thawed, well drained
    1 pkg. (8 oz.) philadelphia Neufchatel Cheese, 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese, softened
    1 large tomato, chopped (about 1 cup)
    1/2 cup kraft 2% Milk Shredded Reduced Fat Four Cheese Mexican Style Cheese
    1 Tbsp. finely chopped pickled jalapeño peppers
    1/4 tsp. chili powder
    wheat thins Snack Crackers

    PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients except chili powder and crackers until well blended.

    SPREAD into 9-inch pie plate; sprinkle with chili powder.

    BAKE 20 min. or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve hot with the crackers.

  9. Anonymous said...

    Spicy food is the devils punishment.

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