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Can chilli help you lose weight?

Some like it hot

Good news for those of us who enjoy fragrant and fiery food. Studies have found that capsaicin, the active component of chilli peppers which gives them their racy kick, may improve metabolism. Scientists have discovered that when ingested, capsaicin selectively controls nerve fibres that transmit information from your gut to your brain, specifically reducing appetite.

Eating meals containing hot chilies can also cause your body to switch into fat-burning mode. This means that long after you’ve enjoyed that spicy curry, you’ll be reaping the benefits such as reduced storage of adipose tissue and lowered blood fat levels.

Chilies aren’t the only spice to offer health benefits. Turmeric is a fantastic anti-inflammatory agent, paprika is a strong antioxidant and ginger is a well-known digestive aid. So next time you’re at the supermarket, stock up on spices and give your taste buds and your body a boost.