Can Hot Peppers Help You Lose Weight?

Since long there has been a belief that hot peppers can help you lose weight. Now, is it really true? Well! There are links between hot peppers or the active component capsaicin and weight loss. Capsaicin in hot peppers can aid in losing weight by enhancing thermogenesis or the rate at which our body burns fat. Below we will talk about it in more detail.

Can Hot Peppers Help You Lose Weight?

Can Hot Peppers Help You Lose Weight?

Yes! Hot peppers can help you lose weight.

The secret to the power of fat blasting present in hot pepper; lies in one of the most active component, known as capsaicin which is an alkaloid substance and is also the source of hot flavour. Capsaicin present in hot peppers causes our body to heat up so that we burn more calories faster.

This can be explained by the activity of brown fat. Most of the fat present in our bodies is white. It must be noted that excessive level of white fat in body can make people bulky and overweight or obese. However, brown fat is highly active as it works to regulate body temperature. But, most people do not have brown fat and also if present it is in very small percentage.

Though earlier it was thought that only babies have brown fat and they start losing as they grow up; however now it is known that even adults have brown fat and can also develop new brown fat cells. Emerging research has proved that it is possible to enhance your body’s level of brown fat which is actually healthy as it actually aids in burning calories and sucks white fat out of the rest of your body.

The Animal Study Supporting” Hot Peppers May Help You Lose weight”!

In several animal studies on hot peppers and weigh loss, it was found that there were higher levels of brown fat activity after exposure to capsaicin.

Researchers in Korea went through a deeper understanding on hot pepper and fat connection and found something different.

The study used rats where the researchers divided them in to 3 groups- one receiving a normal diet, another group having a high-fat diet supplemented by capsaicin and the third group of rats receiving a high-fat diet without capsaicin. The rats were then evaluated after 60 days.

Though all the three groups of rats had gained weight; however it was found that the rats who received capsaicin along with high-fat diet gained 8% less than the rats that did not receive the capsaicin. As a matter of fact, these rats receiving capsaicin hardly gained any more than the group of rats that were with a normal diet.

This study actually found that capsaicin actually worked to lessen the effects of dietary fat; up-regulating certain genes and down-regulating others so as to buffer the fats. This showed that capsaicin can have a significant inhibitory effect against accumulation of fats.

Now; as hot peppers contain high levels of capsaicin, it is possible that they may aid you in burning calories and help you in losing weight to some extent.


Weight loss aside, hot peppers are also known to have tremendous other health benefits. So, it may or may not help you greatly in your weight loss plan, it surely is going to benefit you in some other good ways. You can go for some physical activities, weight loss exercise programs, and add hot peppers to your diet plan which may prove real beneficial in your mission of losing some extra pounds.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 7, 2017

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