Whenever I read something about spicy and healthy I get all excited cause I love my foods spicy and I mean really spicy! In fact, people who know me tend to give me hot sauces for my birthday and when I go out for sushi the chef puts a dollop of wasabi on my plate the size of Nantucket!
So when I read the following in prevention magazine, yowza! I just had to share…
Piperine, a compound in black pepper, may help interrupt the self-renewing process of cancer-initiating stem cells, according to new research from the University of Michigan. “By limiting the number of stem cells, you’re limiting the number of cells with the potential to form tumors,” says lead study author Madhuri Kakarala, MD, PhD, a clinical lecturer in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.
AND if that’s not enough….
Eating just one meal that contains capsaicin — the compound that gives hot sauce and chile peppers their heat — not only reduces levels of hunger-causing ghrelin but also raises GLP-1, an appetite-suppressing hormone, says new research in the European Journal of Nutrition. Other scientists found that people who drank capsaicin-spiced tomato juice before each meal over 2 days ingested 16% fewer calories than those who drank it plain.
So heat it up this fall and feel great, lose weight and stay healthy!