Chillies are a great complement to a good diet. Can chilli benefit in fat loss? Here in this post, I will explain if it is a good source to be a fat burning food. There are a number of studies that have suggested some benefits, to find out the greatness of chilli in your diet, keep reading…
What Is Chilli?
Chilli comes in all forms and sizes, part of the vegetable family and with a wide range of variety. Not only are they hot they have health benefits as well from improving immunity, inflammation to fat burning properties.
No matter what the colour or size of chilli, they all have one thing in common, the substance that makes them hot can aid in fat loss and increase the metabolism by a process known as thermogenesis. The alkaloid compound responsible for this is capsaicin.
What is surprising is that chillies have a lot of vitamins and minerals,
- 240% – Vitamin C
- 39% – Vitamin B-6
- 32% – Vitamin A
- 13% – Iron
- 14 % – Copper
- 7% – Potassium
- 6% Magnesium
If you look above this is a typical 100g of chilli with the daily allowance recommended given in (%).
What Are The Health Benefits?
Capsaicin the compound is not only responsible for the heat in a chilli but studies have shown that it has great properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic and analgesic. It had also been proven to reduce LDL cholesterol in the obese, the chillies itself contain no cholesterol another great benefit.
Fresh chilli has a high amount of Vitamin C, as you know this vitamin is water-soluble and is beneficial to the collagen synthesis in the body. Have I lost you… in the jargon wait a moment I will explain! Collagen is the main protein used in the structural part of the body, it helps maintain the blood vessels, skin, organs and bones.
Chillies have antioxidant substances, what are these you might ask… These antioxidants are there to protect the body from free radical damage during disease and stress. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that aids in this.
A lot of minerals can be gained from chillies such as iron, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Potassium is the main mineral known to most people and its benefits have been outlined in countless studies. Potassium is needed by the body to help control heart rate and blood pressure.
Studies Prove Chili Is A Fat Burning Food
Some studies have shown that chilli may not be for everyone but they have been proven to boost metabolism and increased fat burning.
In a recent study ‘The effects of hedonically acceptable red pepper doses on thermogenesis and appetite’ In this trial they investigated the effects of capsaicin, to see if it had any effects on energy expenditure, body temperature, and appetite. The trial found that participants who did not use chilli in their diet prior to the trial responded with a higher increase on post meals, but not discounting participants who regularly had some chilli exposure prior, did also have some effect of taking the chilli with notable effects. Although this was a small trial it shows the potential of what the chilli in a diet can do and what benefits it has.
In another study ‘Effects of red pepper on appetite and energy intake’ participants were given red pepper at breakfast and the findings showed that the inclusion of red pepper significantly decreased protein and fat intake in both male and female subjects.
In conclusion to the question asked. I think it is safe to say that chilli is a fat burning food, it has a multitude of benefits from regulating a high metabolism and to reducing appetite. I think it is a vital tool in the diet of someone who wants to lose fat and achieve their fat loss goals.