By MACROS | Published on December 10, 2017
Eating plenty of sweet chili peppers while being exposed to cold weather could lead to increased weight loss, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Researchers from Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, exposed eight volunteers to temperatures of 17°C (63°F) for two hours every day for six weeks. In another study, they also followed a group of people who ate capsinoids, which are found in chili peppers and are thought to help with weight management, for the same time period.
While the eight subjects put in a moderately cold room were the only ones to lose 5% body fat, both groups showed increased levels of BAT (brown adipose tissue), which can have a positive effect on calories burned.
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Lead researcher Takeshi Yoneshiro said: “Our results showed that human BAT could be recruited even in individuals who had lost it due to ageing, thereby contributing to body fat reduction. This is the first report of successful recruitment of BAT in humans.
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