Chilli to Avoid Overweight and Obesity?
A study conducted on nearly 13,000 people shows that a regular consumption of chilli helps to avoid overweight and obesity.
A new study published in the journal International Journal of Obesity shows that people who consume the most chilli are less likely to be overweight.
Chilli is one of the most widely used spices in the world. Several beneficial effects are attributed to it as well as to its active ingredient, capsaicin: it would, among other things, reduce mortality, obesity, rhinitis and increase muscle strength. And like all spices, hot pepper is highly antioxidant and basifying.
Animal studies as well as small clinical trials have shown that chilli consumption can help reduce intake and increase energy expenditure. These properties could enable it to play a role in the prevention of obesity.
Therefore, this new study, using data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) of 12,970 participants followed for about 9 years, sought to assess the impact of spicy food consumption on overweight, obesity.
Their results show that the higher the consumption of chili, the lower the risk of overweight and obesity. For example, in participants who consumed more than 50 g per day of chili, the risk of being overweight or obese was reduced by 27% compared to those who did not.
However, this slimming effect of pepper does not seem to be related to lower energy intakes. On the contrary. According to researchers, the explanation would be to look for the thermogenic effect of capsaicin which increases energy expenditure, an effect reported by several studies. The increase in thermogenesis by capsaicin has long been a selling point for chilli-based slimming products.