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You may want to add hot chili peppers to your diet

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If you love eating hot chili peppers you should keep including them in your daily meals. A study at Canada's Laval University suggests that a chemical the pepper contains speeds up your body's ability to lose fat. It also suggest that it helps reduce your appetite.

The study looks at the chemical called capsaicin in hot chili peppers or chili based spices; that's the chemical that makes peppers hot. It says the capsaicin stimulates a natural process that converts some of the foods we eat at each meal into heat. As a result you burn up calories automatically rather than storing them. The study says capsaicin can boost what's known as thermogenesis which burns body fat and as a result helps you lose weight.

The researchers also found that the peppers can actually help reduce your appetite.

It found that when men and women who eat foods spiked with chili peppers tend to feel less hungry and eat significantly less at subsequent meals.

However dieticians also point out that even if you do decide to add eat more chilies to your meals remember to eat mostly low -fat foods because they have less calories which helps with your long term weight loss goals.

You can read more about the study in the British Journal of Nutrition,

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