Peppers are often associated with an increased metabolism and weight loss; however, the scientific community hasn’t completely agreed on the subject.
Full Question:“A friend of mine is on The Master Cleanse and said that cayenne pepper will make you lose weight. Is that true?”
Cayenne pepper contains an ingredient called capsaicin, which is what gives peppers their signature “kick.” For many years, peppers have been associated with an increased metabolism and weight loss; however, the scientific community hasn’t agreed upon the validity of that claim because of conflicting evidence. However, some studies have shown that capsaicin can have a modest impact on weight management.
Most dietitians do not advocate the Master Cleanse diet, which involves consuming a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for days to weeks at a time. Many people go on this diet in hopes for rapid weight loss and an opportunity to “detoxify” their system. The best way to lose weight is to follow a balanced meal plan with a reduction in calories and an increase in physical activity (as permitted by your doctor). To boost your body’s natural detoxification system, simply increasing the amounts of fruits, vegetables and water in your diet and increasing physical activity is the healthiest (and safest) way to go.
Looking for Healthy Dining options with capsaicin that are also loaded with Veggies? You can try the Fit Five-Alarm Santa Fe Egg White Omelette (580 calories, 9 g fat) at Mimi’s Café, the Grilled Chicken Salad (230 calories, 7 g fat) at El Pollo Loco, or the Original Chicken Sizzling Platter (390 calories, 13 g fat) at Chevys Fresh Mex.