Heat secrets: cayenne pepper and weight loss
It seems the crazy lemonade diet, which advocated strict consumption of lemonade, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper, actually had some virtues.
According to researchers from Purdue University, spicing up your diet can rev up your metabolism, helping you lose unwanted weight. The scientists found that sprinkling cayenne pepper on food at meal times suppresses appetite and increases core body temperature, resulting in a post-dining after-burn. Nice features, right?
No, cayenne pepper is not a silver bullet, but we've found that maintaining a healthy weight requires a multi-faceted approach, with many methods and many efforts targeting both a healthy diet and regular physical activity. So why not add this one to your arsenal of tricks? Here are some ideas:
- Sprinkle cayenne pepper on foods that you would normally season with salt and pepper. Think roasted potatoes, corn on the cob, scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, sauteed zucchini or mushrooms, soup, salad, macaroni and cheese, tuna or chicken salad, and pizza
- Sprinkle on a mild, white fish or chicken. Add a dash of salt and finely grated pecorino romano. Bake and serve
- Make a spicy black bean salsa to serve atop baked potatoes or alone as a side. Combine one can of black beans, a medium tomato, half of an onion, chopped, sliced avocado. Add olive oil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix ingredients
- Spice up a snack by topping on popcorn, wheat thins, cantaloupe, cheese, or whole grain pita chips.
- Add to a favorite drink. Make some steaming hot chocolate and top it with a dab of whipped cream and a dash of cayenne pepper. Stir the pepper into a glass of tomato juice or a Blood Mary