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Spice up your life with more chilli and lose weight

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Adding a bit of spice to your daily diet by introducing some red-hot chilli may help to curb your appetite and lead to weight loss according to a new study. But the effect may not last for long, as the more that people become used to the burning sensation of the spice, the less good it does.

Results showed that in general, red pepper consumption did increase core body temperature and burn more calories through natural energy expenditure. Those who did not consume red pepper regularly experienced a decrease of hunger, especially for fatty, salty and sweet foods.

Commenting on the results, study leader Richard Mattes said that "We found that consuming red pepper can help manage appetite and burn more calories after a meal, especially for individuals who do not consume the spice regularly."

Unfortunately, there is a caution - eating chilli was not a "magic bullet" for fighting obesity. "This finding should be considered a piece of the puzzle because the idea that one small change will reverse the obesity epidemic is simply not true. However, if a number of small changes are added together, they may be meaningful in terms of weight management. Dietary changes that don't require great effort to implement, like sprinkling red pepper on your meal, may be sustainable and beneficial in the long run, especially when paired with exercise and healthy eating" he said.

Chilli con carne with an extra dose of chilli for me tonight!

Patricia Wakeford

Solicitor - Clinical Negligence team

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