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”.