So I recently discovered a little thing called Capsaicin! I was googling the health benefits of jalapeños, as you do! I’ve been adding them a lot to meals lately, either those or chillies because I like my foods spicy, so I just wanted to make sure they didn’t contain any bad stuff seeing as they are both a regular part of my diet! So , the reason I am mentioning it here is because it can aid in weightloss!
Capsaicin is the thing that causes the burning sensation when you eat these spicy peppers (or rub it on your skin) The effects of this leads to a decrease in appetite, as well as a decrease in food intake. It makes you feel fuller faster. It’s that simple! If you want to get technical it’s because the increase in body temperature can shift the body from carbohydrate oxidation to fat oxidation. a study has also showed that it can also increase energy expenditure and decrease body fat due to the increase in brown fat metabolism that occurs once it reaches the small intestine.
It also claims to have some cancer fighting properties, particularly pancreatic, lung and prostate cancer. But iI think more research needs to be done on that end of things!
So the moral of the story is add a bit of spice to your food and you’ll eat less of it! It also tastes good too providing you can handle a bit of spice! A couple of simple ways you can do this is by adding them to:
- Stir Fry
- Pizza (healthy/clean pizza of course)