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September 10, 2020/Diet, Food & Fitness/Nutrition

Can Cayenne Pepper Speed Up Your Metabolism?

The short answer from a dietitian

cayenne peppers

Q: Is it true that cayenne pepper can rev up your metabolism and help you lose weight?

Maybe! The main ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which gives the spice its strong and hot flavor. Capsaicin is also the active ingredient in many treatments for arthritis and muscle pain. Some research suggest that capsaicin acts as a thermogenic chemical, which can produce heat to stimulate your metabolism and help you burn fat.

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Health benefits of cayenne pepper can include:

  • Relieves cold symptoms like congestion and sneezing.
  • May have antibacterial properties.
  • Contains antioxidants, like vitamin C, beta-carotene (a vitamin A precursor) and vitamin E.
  • Increases energy and reduces hunger.

Whether you’re looking to spice up a dish or help you lose weight, it’s easy to incorporate cayenne into your diet. Use it in rubs, sauces, stews and more. Sprinkle on soups, eggs, popcorn and sweet potato fries. Or try it with roasted chickpeas or chili.

– Registered dietitian Anna Taylor, RD.

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