Red Pepper as an Appetite Suppressant
According to a study on the effects of red pepper on thermogenesis and appetite by scientists at Purdue University, 1 gram of red pepper eaten with a meal can not only suppress appetite but also cause the body to heat up (thermogenesis), burning calories in the process. Is this the new miracle food for natural weight loss?
First, the suppressing effect on appetite was significant in participants who were non-users (did not usually eat red pepper), but not in habitual users. This suggests that if you decide to use red pepper as an appetite suppressant, it may only work until you become accustomed to eating red pepper. The effect of red pepper on both appetite suppression and thermogenesis is apparently mediated by the burn in your mouth, so taking it in capsule form would not be expected to have as much effect.
Second, the effective dose in this study was 1 gram. This was about three times greater than the amount of red pepper participants who were non-users “preferred” on their food.
Bottom line. Adding red pepper to your food might help suppress your appetite and burn calories, unless, of course, you happen to like red pepper, in which case it probably won’t help you much.
You can read more about the study at Science Daily.
Relevance to Natural Weight Loss:
Weight Loss Tip: Add some red pepper to your food. It can’t hurt, and might help you lose weight naturally; but don’t cancel your gym membership just yet.