Ever noticed how eating spicy food can make you sweat? For many of folks (especially the well-exercised), breaking out in a sweat equates to burning extra calories. So here’s a random question: can spicy food help you lose weight? The answer according to science: yes!
A study show that eating spicy food affects your metabolic rate and food intake. That’s because many spicy dishes contain red peppers, which are rich in capsaicin. Aside from providing peppery heat, capsaicin is also capable of aiding in weight loss. Research proves that it helps raise your body’s temperature (thus, the sweat) and burn more calories for energy. Ingesting capsaicin can increase the speed of your metabolism by up to 5 percent! So, consuming anything from cayenne to habanero can mimic the fat-burning effects of exercise.

Another significant effect of eating spicy food is appetite suppression. According to another study, capsaicin in readily-edible amounts might help reduce cravings for fatty, salty, and sweet foods. Reason enough to spice up your diet, right?
Of course, blazing-hot flavors shouldn’t be the end-all, be-all of your weight loss plan. For those of us who pepper every meal with, well, pepper, getting desensitized to its fat-burning effects can happen. Still, it won’t hurt to give your diet a more piquant touch. Besides burning fat, spicy food provides a kick that other dishes simply cannot replicate. Try these hot pantry staples and fat-burning pepper pills to start with!

1. Blessed Mushrooms Spicy Oyster Mushroom Crunchies, P150
A dusting of red chili powder makes this snack next-level good. The crunchy mushrooms also provide an extra boost of protein and fiber. It’s the perfect healthy munchy!

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2. Greenlife Coconut Spicy Vinegar (150ml), P80
The combination of coconut vinegar and chili peppers make this condiment extra addictive. Both components work to suppress the appetite and curb cravings. Oh, and the vinegar also makes everything taste so good.

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3. Wit’s Sweets & Savouries Spiced Mango Cacao Nibs, P165
Unusual but surprisingly delicious, this sweet-and-spicy granola is great for breakfast. The oats and cacao fill your belly while the chili flakes wake up a sleepy metabolism. Good morning, indeed!

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4. Zin Garlic Chili Salt, P200
If you’re looking to spice up a bland dish, look no further than this salty blend. It contains chili and garlic, which will excite just about everything they touch. Salads, meat, seafood, you name it—your taste buds are about to get hyped!

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5. Capsinesis Food Supplement (100 Capsules), P1,125
For those of you who can’t take the heat but want the healthy burn, this zinger of a supplement will help. Every capsule packs cayenne pepper and green tea extract to melt your fat like butter in a skillet. Complement it with a hardy workout for best results.

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