If you're trying to lose weight, cut back on calories, eat healthier or all the above, the answer may be in the spices you're using in your food.
Capsaicin, is the active component in chili and jalapeño peppers, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce that gives these items their heat. It has been shown to help boost your metabolism. Capsaicin is also known for reducing levels of hunger-causing ghrelin, a hunger stimulating amino acid which contributes to you indulging way more than you should.
Studies have shown that by incorporating ingredients that contain capsaicin, you can provide a temporary rise in your metabolism up to eight percent greater than your normal metabolic rate.
Dr. Wayne Scott Anderson explains why spicy foods are such a hot commodity right now, and if they really boost your metabolism.