The Vegetable That Helps You Burn More Fat

Looking for that extra edge in your fight to lose fat? Hot sauce may be your answer.

Capsaicin (a capsaicinoid) is the chemical that puts the zing in chili peppers, and chili peppers are a main ingredient in most hot sauces. Capsaicin works by increasing levels of the “fight-or-flight” hormone epinephrine (adrenaline), which speeds up fat use and increases metabolism. A study on mice from the University of Wyoming showed that increasing capsaicin in their diet increased energy expenditure and metabolism.

Most studies show that capsaicin increases daily caloric expenditure by four to five percent and fat use by 10 to 16 percent. It is not a magic bullet that triggers massive weight loss, but eating foods containing capsaicin can help promote weight control over time.

As an added bonus, most hot sauces are very low in calories and carbs. Use it to spice up your next meal and give your fat-burning potential a (slight) boost.

Study presented at Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, February 2015

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