Does Hot Chili Contain the Secret Ingredient to Help Weight Loss?

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If Hot Chilies are your thing then you could be in luck when it comes to trying to lose weight. Researches in Australia are looking at how hot chilies can help with losing weight.

Chilies are a very popular spice and come in different colors and sizes. They are part of the capsicum family and can be used in a variety of ways like adding a bit of spice to your favorite Indian or Asian type dishes.

Different type of chilies can also have their own level of hotness. This can range from mild, medium, hot and fiery. It all depends on what you can tolerate. Some people can only manage a mild chili  where others are not happy unless they have the hottest ones.

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How hot do you like your chilies?

Researchers at Adelaide University are investigating how a chemical receptor in chilli can activate nerves in the stomach which send messages to the brain about how full the body is.

They also found high-fat diets may also impair receptors that signal fullness, which leads to overeating.

Research published in the journal PLOS ONE investigated the association between hot chilli pepper receptors (TRPV1) in the stomach and the feeling of fullness in laboratory studies.

Dr Stephen Kentish, from the university’s Centre for Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Diseases, said previous studies had shown capsaicin, found in hot chillies, reduced food intake.

“The aim is to see how feasible this is as a potential treatment not just for obesity itself but maybe also in the prevention of gaining weight.

“What we really want to do is we really want to be able to develop … potentially look at ways of exploiting this chemical without the hotness that’s perceived when you eat food laden with chilli, so it’s more just about making it more able to be consumed by a vast majority of people.”