How Spicy Foods Increase Metabolism

There are multiple ways to boost your metabolism. After all, a faster metabolism equals more calories burned. The more you burn, the easier it is to drop the weight. But did you know that eating spicy foods could actually help in increasing your metabolism?

Why Do Spicy Foods Matter?

Capsaicin is the ingredient in hot foods, like peppers, that give them their kick. The higher the level of capsaicin, the more “fiery” a spicy food is. These high levels can result in increased metabolism.

Why? Capsaicin is thermogenic, which causes the body’s temperature to increase. Your metabolism gets a boost shortly after eating your spicy meal. Studies have shown that capsaicin can help people feel more full and also reduces their overall calorie intake hours after consuming. Adding Sriracha, Tabasco, or other hot sauces to a bland meal is an easy way to add heat.

Chili Peppers Support Health

If you want to get a blast of capsaicin all in one place, why not go straight to the source? The amount of capsaicin in a chili pepper is rated on “heat” rating scale.  A bell pepper has zero units, while a jalapeño rates anywhere from 1,000 – 20,000 units. Some of the hottest peppers on Earth, such as the Komodo dragon chili pepper, can rate 855,000 units and above.

Chili peppers don’t just rev up your metabolism. They also:

  • Provide a full day’s worth of beta carotene – good for healthy skin, hair, and nails;
  • Contain twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, great for your bones;
  • Boost heart health by fighting against cholesterol.
Try Salsa

If you don’t like super spicy food, hope is not lost. You can still get a metabolism boost by using relatively small amounts of chili pepper.  Plus, using complementary flavors – especially fresh vegetables like onions – can cut the heat while giving you all the benefits.  If you’re making fresh salsa, consider adding lime and tomato. These not only pack great health benefits, but also help neutralize the hot feeling of capsaicin even while it’s in the mouth.

For more information on best nutrition techniques that fit your lifestyle, contact us today to book a free consultation. Let our staff at 360 Medical Weight Specialists help you on your journey to a healthier life.

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