Can Cayenne Pepper Speed Up Your Metabolism?
Want to rev up your metabolism? Add a little cayenne pepper to your dishes, from eggs to popcorn.
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:
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.