It’s not uncommon to break out in a sweat when you eat really spicy foods. This reaction is from the temperature in your body rising as it processes the food. So can this reaction really help you burn more calories? Read on to find out:
1️⃣ A recent study from Purdue University found that cayenne pepper increases your body’s core temperature
• This creates a thermogenic effect in your body - meaning you generate heat as digestion occurs
•This leads to a boost in metabolism as well as additional calorie burning
•This boost was more effective in people that don’t usually eat spicy food as much
•They also found that participants ate less of other foods after having something spicy first, so it acted as an appetite suppressant
2️⃣ Another study found that taking a capsaicin pill (capsaicin is the active component of chili peppers that give them their kick) caused participants to burn 116 more calories in a day compared to those who took a placebo pill.
So, results vary by person, and it’s not a miracle cure to obesity, but adding some spice to your foods from time to time definitely couldn’t hurt.