If you’re having a hard time keeping your portion size down at mealtime, try adding a little hot sauce to your food. Not only can it help if you’re trying to stick to a diet but it can also help make a meal healthier. That’s because hot sauce is inherently low in calories. Sometimes a bottle of hot sauce packs a whopping 0 calories! There are very few things on the market that can make that claim, especially considering all the other options that are often packed with added sugar and fat.
Just take a look at the label on your favorite hot sauce and it’s easy to see why. There aren’t too many ingredients. In fact, most commonly you’ll find just hot peppers plus things like vinegar, onions and a handful of others. There isn’t a lot of room left for unhealthy ingredients. The low calorie topping is also great because adding in some spice to your meal helps you feel full sooner. When you feel full your brain lets you know to stop eating, or in some cases, stop overeating. This allows you to enjoy the flavor of your food more without feeling the need to eat too much. This is, of course, a great thing if you’re trying to stay healthy. It makes you eat slower too, allowing you to savor every bite.
If you’re having a hard time sticking to a diet, the capsaicin found in hot peppers and hot sauce may also help because its believed to boost your metabolism. Capsaicin makes your body’s temperature rise, further causing your body to expend energy in regulating that temperature change. No matter whether losing weight is your goal or simply staying healthy, it seems you cannot go wrong with a little hot sauce to compliment each portion size.