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Red pepper may reduce appetite

Hot chillies can reduce appetite

Adding hot culinary spices into your diet can reduce your appetite and increase fat burning, according to a study by Purdue University. 

Participants were given varying amounts of ground cayenne pepper depending on their tolerance to spices.

The six week study looked at the effect of up to 1.8 grams of red pepper on 25 non-overweight people, 13 who liked spicy food and 12 who did not.

Red pepper was found to increase core body temperature, which burned more calories, while those who did not use the spice regularly also experienced a decrease in appetite, especially for fatty, salty and sweet foods.

"The appetite responses were different between those who liked red pepper and those who did not, suggesting that when the stimulus is unfamiliar it has a greater effect," commented Richard Mattes, distinguished professor of foods and nutrition.

"Once it becomes familiar to people, it loses its efficacy." 

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