The proposed hype = Red cayenne pepper may help burn calories and curb appetite, especially in people who aren’t used to eating it, says a new study that was partly supported by the National Institutes of Health and the McCormick Spice Company. Pepper is also said to decrease appetite, especially in people who said they didn’t already eat spicy foods.
The study found that about half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper either mixed in food or swallowed in a capsule helped normal-weight young adults burn about 10 more calories over a four-hour period, compared to eating the same meal but without the red pepper. The study is published in Physiology & Behavior.
Note; 10 calories
Previous studies had tested the thermogenic, or calorie-burning, effects of red pepper but had used quantities that were too large to be practical for most people.
Truth: In the end all this study really says is that incorporating red pepper in your diet works more toward moderation of energy intake and energy balance than working against you. So the bottom line, according to The Dr In The Kitchen is if you like spicy food, enjoy it, but don’t torture yourself because it’s not going to turn you into a size 2.