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Burn Calories When You Eat This Spice

Hot cayenne pepper may burn more than your mouth. According to a recent study cayenne pepper may also help you burn calories and suppress your appetite.

The study was conducted by researchers at Purdue University and published in the April 2011 issue of the journal Physiology & Behavior.

For the study, the researchers recruited 25 non-overweight people. 13 of them liked spicy food and 12 did not. The participants who did not like red pepper preferred 0.3 grams of cayenne pepper and those who did like it preferred 1.8 grams.

All the participants, regardless of spice preference, saw an increase in body temperature as well as an increase in the burning of calories when they consumed hot cayenne pepper. The researchers also found that infrequent spice eaters were less hungry after receiving the spice and had less of an urge to eat salty, fatty and sweet foods.

The difference seen between regular spice eaters and non-spice eaters was a novel finding in that it showed that the calorie burning and appetite suppressing properties of the spice decrease with continued usage. The researchers plan further studies to determine the length of time the spice is effective in these areas and ways to adjust the dosage for continuous effectiveness.

Although further studies are necessary to delve deeper into these findings, these benefits are likely due to a compound called capsaicin found in peppers. Capsaicin is the compound that gives red peppers their heat, and it has been shown to speed up metabolism. This study adds another layer of evidence to back its potential for battling the bulge.

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