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09 February 2015 - Nutraingredients - The chilli diet? Fresh research backs capsaicin to battle obesity

Nathan Gray

Adding capsaicin from chilli peppers in to a diet could help to prevent weight gain from a high-fat diet, according to research in mice.

The study, led by researchers at the University of Wyoming, assessed the effect of exercise with or without dietary capsaicin on weight gain and obesity risk in a mouse model – finding that dietary capsaicin can stimulate thermogenesis and energy burning by activating receptors which are expressed in white and brown fat cells.