Eat red pepper to curb appetite

A study has found that eating a moderate quantity of red pepper can help curb appetite.

According to research from Purdue University, the peppers especially work for those who don`t normally eat the popular spice.

`We found that consuming red pepper can help manage appetite and burn more calories after a meal, especially for individuals who do not consume the spice regularly,` Richard Mattes, distinguished professor of foods and nutrition who collaborated with doctoral student Mary-Jon Ludy, said.

`This finding should be considered a piece of the puzzle because the idea that one small change will reverse the obesity epidemic is simply not true.

`However, if a number of small changes are added together, they may be meaningful in terms of weight management.

`Dietary changes that don`t require great effort to implement, like sprinkling red pepper on your meal, may be sustainable and beneficial in the long run, especially when paired with exercise and healthy eating,` he said.

Other studies have found that capsaicin, the component that gives chili peppers their heat, can reduce hunger and increase energy expenditure – burning calories.

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