Capsaicin is the ingredient in red hot chili peppers that makes most spicy foods spicy. It is also a “functional food” that can help with weight loss. It does this in two ways.
Capsaicin increases a feeling of fullness, which helps us cut down on how much we eat.
Capsaicin helps boost our metabolism, which helps us burn calories faster.
While eating spicy foods won’t completely solve a weight problem, in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it can help make weight loss 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”.