Could Eating Chillies Lead to Weight Loss?
The consumption of hot, spicy chilli peppers may help people to lose weight by significantly speeding up the metabolism, according to new research.
Scientists from the University of Wyoming set out to explore potential ways to tackle the increasingly prevalent problem of obesity, finding that spicy food may in fact be the answer.
Figures from the World Health Organization show that one-third of the globe’s population is currently either overweight or obese.
Vivek Krishnan, a graduate student at the university who worked on the study, explained: ‘Obesity is caused by an imbalance between calorie intake and energy dissipation. In our bodies, white fat cells store energy and brown fat cells serve as thermogenic – heat produced by burning fat – machinery to burn stored fat.
‘Eating calorie-rich food and a lack of physical activity cause an imbalance in metabolism that leads to obesity.’
However, the US doctors identified that one potential way to combat obesity and related health problems – such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes – could be through the consumption of capsaicin, which is a component naturally found in chilli peppers.
The medical experts discovered that dietary supplements containing capsaicin helped to stimulate the process of thermogenesis – heat production – in the body, subsequently leading to calories being burnt, meaning visible weight loss could occur if the compound was consumed over the long term.
For the investigation, mice were fed the supplements, with the researchers analysing the impact that capsaicin appeared to have on their white and brown fat cells.
Although this study was conducted using mice, applications have already been submitted for trialling the dietary supplement in humans.
Previous research has also shown that chilli peppers can have a variety of other health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, clearing congestion and even preventing the development of stomach ulcers, as they can help to get rid of bacteria that may have been ingested.
Article Source: NetDoctor.com