Capsaicin is the ingredient in red hot chili peppers that makes most spicy foods spicy. Capsaicin has been shown to increase the feeling of fullness after eating, which can help regulate appetite. It also helps boost metabolism, which causes the body to burn calories faster. While eating spicy foods alone won’t solve a weight problem, in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it may make losing weight just a little bit easier.
For those who don’t want to eat cooked or fresh red hot chili peppers, cayenne pepper is a solid alternative. It can be added to soups, sprinkled lightly on deviled eggs, added to meat rubs or sprinkled in vegetable juice. Cayenne spiced mayonnaise can give hamburgers a delicious “kick”.