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Burn Fat and Control Appetite With Cayenne Pepper
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The hot and spicy taste of cayenne pepper comes from capsaicin — but that’s not all it does. Capsaicin is known to boost metabolism. One study found that capsaicin (and green tea!) can actually suppress appetite and help reduce the amount of energy (aka calories) we take in. Research suggests that the compounds body heat-generating powers can cause metabolic rate (aka energy use) to increase to such a degree that it may even aid with weight loss (though more research is definitely needed to confirm these benefits). Other studies suggest capsaicin can also increase fat oxidation, allowing the body to better use fat as fuel .
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But don’t just down spices and expect the pounds to melt away. The amount of capsaicin in cayenne is relatively small, so that metabolic boost won’t last for longer than a few hours . However, the spice’s appetite suppressant powers can last a little longer. It turns out the capsaicin in readily-edible amounts of spice might be enough to help cut cravings for fatty, salty, and sweet foods. Muy muy caliente!
Eater beware: This hot item comes with some words of caution. Cayenne pepper can decrease the effectiveness of some common medications like aspirin, blood thinning drugs, and antacids. People with latex, banana, avocado, kiwi, or chestnut allergies may also be allergic to cayenne pepper