Capsicum Extract May Help Burn 100 Calories per Day
Capsicum extract is created from capsicum peppers and provides the health benefits of the peppers without the burning sensation that usually accompanies raw peppers. A recent study suggests that taking daily supplements containing capsicum extract may help people burn as many as 100 calories more per day.
Participants in the study included 40 people with an average age of 28 who were given either a 2 mg capsaicinoid supplement or a placebo. Their resting energy expenditure was measured at baseline, one hour, two hours, and three hours after supplementation. Resting energy expenditure is the amount of calories your body burns while at rest. 60% of daily calories are burned this way.
The researchers found that the capsicum group had an average 6% increase in resting energy expenditure, when compared with the placebo. This is equivalent to approximately 100 calories per day.
Researchers form Arizona State University conducted the study. It was published in the January 2017 issue of Advances in Nutrition.
Previous studies suggest that hot peppers may help with weight loss. They’re also high in lycopene, which has been associated with health benefits ranging from heart to skin to bone health. Hot chili peppers can be added to sauces, stir frys, or eaten on their own.