Posted on | July 7, 2010 | 2 Comments
Capsaicin, the compound in red chilli that gives it heat has been shown to alter protein levels in the body that boost fat burning.
Previous research done on this compound reported that Capsaicin boosts heat generation which enables people to use more stored energy. Another study found that Capsaicin inhibits the growth of fat cells and when combined with green tea extract promotes satiety (the feeling of fullness)
In the latest study, rats were fed a high-fat diet to induce obesity. Half the group were then supplemented with either Capsaicin or administered a control of saline solution for 9 weeks. The results showed an 8% decrease in body weight in the rats being fed capsaicin. Within the fat tissue itself, there was a change to proteins associated with lipid (fat) metabolism and redox (oxidant) regulation. This is the first research to link the exact action that Capsaicin has within the body.
While research continues on this compound, it does appear that fresh chilli is a simple, low calorie and tasty way to help you reduce and burn more fat. However, don’t use high calorie, sugar laden chilli sauces – fresh chilli is best!