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.
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