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Chilli peppers could help lose weight

world Updated: Apr 29, 2010 01:51 IST

Love to have your food with extra pepper?

Well, other than spicing up your taste buds, it will also help you lose those extra inches around the waist.

Food scientists have said that hot peppers contain a substance called capsaicin that can actually cause your body to heat up.

However, now researchers have found growing evidence that the body-heat-generating power of peppers might even lend a hand in our quest to lose those extra inches accumulating around the waistline.

And fortunately for those who do not appreciate the ‘burn’ of hot peppers, there are plants that make a non-burning version of capsaicin called dihydrocapsiate (DCT) that could have the benefits of peppers without the pungency.

In a study aimed to test the weight-loss potential of this DCT containing, non-spicy cousin of hot peppers, researchers at the UCLA Centre for Human Nutrition set out to document its ability to increase heat production in human subjects consuming a weight-loss diet.

They also showed that DCT significantly increased fat oxidation, pushing the body to use more fat as fuel.

This may help people lose weight when they consume a low-calorie diet by increasing metabolism.