CHILLIES & APPETITE CONTROL?
COPYRIGHT JAMES WONG 2017
A growing range of studies from all over the world is beginning to point to the idea that eating chillies *may* have the curious side effect of helping to control appetite. In fact, some research even suggests that chilli consumption may also boost the number of calories you burn, whilst slowing the impact of carbs on your blood sugar. Too good to be true? Let's take a quick look at the scientific evidence we have so far...
One small Dutch study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that feeding people just under one gram of dried chillies (about 1/2 a teaspoon) half an hour before they were faced with an enormous all-you-can-eat buffet at lunch and dinner could slash calorie consumption 15%, whilst simultaneously boosting feelings of fullness. This reduction is the equivalent to an impressive 240 calorie reduction per day - about the amount found in a chocolate bar - all without going hungry.
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OK, this may only be one small trial, but it does echo the findings of a series of Japanese studies that found that not only did chilli consumption reduce appetite, but it could significantly increase the rate at which our bodies burn calories by raising our body temperature, especially after high fat meals. An intriguing start...
Add this to two small trials in Australia and South Africa that found adding chilli to a meal reduced the impact of meals on blood sugar, and I for one will be reaching for the hot sauce at every meal and praying for a miracle. (Fingers well and truly crossed!)
So, is chilli the magic bullet to instant weight loss? Of course not. But might it be a tasty, nutritious way to potentially manage weight? It seems it just might be. Let's see what future research uncovers. Watch this space!
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