Looking for some wacky ways to burn extra caloriesâ€”no gym time required? Look no further than your own dinner plate.
Thanks to a new study published in the journalÂ Obesity Open Access, spicy foods might soon replace your daily run. FortyÂ men and women tookÂ one two-milligram capsule of capsaicinoidsâ€”the spice found in chili peppersâ€”or a placebo each day. OnceÂ participants poppedÂ the pill, the research team measured their metabolic rate every hour for three hours. The data showed that thoseÂ who took the capsaicinoids capsule burned 116 calories more per day than the people who justÂ swallowed theÂ placebo.
Researchers say this perk is due to â€œthe thermogenic effect of capsaicinoids,â€ according to Menâ€™s Health. In other words, your body creates heat as it digests spicy foods, which burns more calories.
Full disclosure: The study received funding from the producers of Capsimax (the same capsaicinoids supplement used in the study) which might raise some eyebrows. Still, this isnâ€™t the first time science has made this claim. In a six-week study at Purdue University, cayenne pepper increased theÂ participantsâ€™ body temperatures and the amount of calories they burned.
Plus, thatâ€™s not the only perk of eating spicy foods, either. Cayenne pepper has a plethora of health benefits, such as reducing blood sugar, boosting circulation, and improving psoriasis symptomsâ€”all helpfulÂ for fending off cardiovascular disease and early death.
Our conclusion? Bring on the heat!Â
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(Provided by: Eat This, Not That)