Spicy Food Makes You Skinny

Maybe it sounds too good to be true, but yes, those delicious, fiery Mexican spices really can help you slim down. How, you might ask? Read on, amigo! You’re going to like what we have to say. Boosting Your Metabolism Chilies—and other intense foods like ginger and black pepper—contain a substance called capsaicin. Capsaicin is not only what gives vegetables in the pepper family like poblanos, serranos, or jalapenos their heat, but it also boosts the human metabolism. Your metabolism is the rate at which you burn calories and convert energy from food, and the better it’s working, the fewer calories your body can turn into fat. Capsaicin boosts human metabolism by about 8 percent, which is a small but significant difference! Increasing Feelings of Satiety Not only will spicy food make you burn off your meal more quickly, but you’ll also want less of it in the first place. Capsaicin also reduces one’s appetite, and helps people feel fuller, faster. One study in 2012 in Chemical Senses showed that cayenne pepper reduces cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods, and other prominent studies have shown that adult males eating hot sauce with their meal will consume about 200 fewer calories than without. Good news, right? As though anyone needs another excuse to enjoy Mexican cuisine! Of course, you might be doubting the appetite suppressing powers of spice after you sink your teeth into anything from Los Agaves.

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