Spicy foods are proven to be able to boost your metabolism in many ways.
According to a small study, spicing up dinner is good for metabolism particularly when it comes to insulin and triglyceride levels.
The researchers at Penn State University show that once spices such turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, and paprika are added in a plain meal significantly reduced postprandial insulin and triglyceride levels without effects on glucose. Especially, spices may reduce oxidative stress and therefore, decreases the risk of chronic disease.
Furthermore, prior studies show spicy foods may help overweight people lose weight because they help burn fat. When you eat spicy foods, your body’s temperature increases, in turn your heart rate raises. Thus, your metabolic rate is boosted. Spices are also believed to have thermogenic properties which stimulate your body’s fat burning process. Indeed, cayenne, a red hot chili pepper, is found in many weight loss pills because it stimulates fat burning.
Buffalo wings, Thai, Indian, Mexican foods, and peppers are ones famous for being spicy. They are good choices to boost your metabolism.
However, the fat burning properties of spicy foods are limited and temporary. Moreover, eating too much spicy food may lead to heartburn, irritate your digestive tract and damage your taste buds.
So, you need to eat spicy foods in the right quantities and combine with a healthy eating and regular exercise to have a balance for your health.