Eating more of something to lose weight, on the surface, sounds a little too good to be true. After all, most of us probably equate a diet to eating less, not more. But some say indulging in spicy food can be part of the solution if you want to lose weight. A spicy diet is said to help you burn fat faster, thereby speeding up your metabolism. It makes sense then that eating spicy food could possibly help you shed at least some of those extra pounds.
In past studies scientists have found several benefits to eating hot peppers, helping with everything from increasing longevity to helping fight cancer. Then came the studies linking capsaicin, the stuff that packs the true heat in a pepper, with fat burning. In theory, eating a hot pepper helps increase your body heat, boosting up your metabolism and increasing your body’s chance of burning fat. One slight hiccup in the theory is the sodium found in some flavors of hot sauce. Too much sodium sometimes leads to bloating and water retention. You can always, of course, check the label to find out how much sodium is in a bottle and figure out the best flavor of hot sauce to work with your own nutritional needs.
Then again, there are all kinds of pepper products out there to try, so don’t feel the need to limit yourself to just one. Some of the hottest products on the market, both in terms of flavor and true heat, are packed with spicy hot ingredients and zero sodium. This makes it easy to indulge in the flavors you love and still get all the benefits of eating spicy hot peppers. The only decision you’re left with is which of the great pepper products on the market to try out next!