Food Tip Struggling with your weight-loss resolutions? Spice things up. Literally.
Capsaicin, the natural substance that gives chili peppers their heat, has been found to lower appetite and speed metabolism. In their book YOU: Staying Young—The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty, Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz recommend getting some daily: “The more capsaicin, the better for appetite suppression.”
Capsaicin may offer heart-health benefits beyond appetite control and weight loss. The chemical compound may lower cholesterol levels by reducing cholesterol buildup in the body and turning it into waste. It may also block the effects of a gene that makes arteries contract, impairing circulation.
Ideas for putting more capsaicin in your diet:
Sprinkle crushed red pepper on whole-wheat pasta tossed with homemade marinara sauce.
Add cayenne pepper to a Mediterranean salad dressing of olive oil, lemon and garlic.
Stir-fry baby bok choy and broccoli with red chili paste, garlic and ginger, Szechuan style.