Hot peppers for weight loss


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UCLA researchers are reporting a study on how one of the ingredients in hot peppers can enhance calorie burn and fat oxidation for several hours after a meal. That’s sort of old news — what’s new is that instead of capsaicin they’re using another substance called dihydrocapsiate (DCT), which is like capsaicin but doesn’t make smoke come out your ears when you eat too much. So in other words, they’re saying: “Look, we can get all the benefits without the downside!” I don’t even have to read the study to know that’s not going to work out as promised. (Or maybe that’s just my Puritan streak emerging!)

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