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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Eating red pepper helps curb appetite

A sprinkle of red pepper will burn more than your mouth, according to some new research. It can burn calories.

A study has found that eating a moderate quantity of red pepper can help curb appetite. According to research from Purdue University, the peppers especially work for those who don't normally eat the popular spice.

The researchers found that the non-spicy food eaters experienced reduced appetite while consuming the meal with 1 gram / 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper – especially for salty, fatty and sweet foods.

Unfortunately, this effect was not seen in the spicy food eater group, leading researchers to conclude that the appetite suppressing effect of red peppers wears off as diners become desensitized to the effect of spicy food.

According to Dr. Richard Mattes, "that burn in your mouth is responsible for that effect. It turns out you get a more robust effect if you include the sensory part because the burn contributes to a rise in body temperature, energy expenditure and appetite control."

Can red pepper solve a weight problem all by itself? Probably not. But the researchers said that - along with healthy eating and regular execise - sprinking some red pepper on your meals might help.

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