I don't normally quote "fad" articles, but this one is well sourced.
"Adding chilli to food really CAN help you lose weight: Compound in fiery peppers tells the body it's full, preventing over-eating"
Bottom line: "Capsaicin - which gives chillies their heat - reduces the amount people eat" and "the study found eating chilli may reduce food intake because it is able to stimulate stomach nerves to signal fullness"
Also a very interesting sidebar: "
EATING CHILLI 'COULD STOP BOWEL CANCER'
A chemical compound found in spicy curries could help reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer, a study has found.
Researchers gave capsaicin, which gives chilli peppers their heat, to mice genetically prone to developing multiple tumours in their gastrointestinal tract.
The capsaicin triggered a pain receptor in the cells lining their intestines, setting off a reaction that reduced the risk of growing colorectal tumours.
Scientists found that the treatment extended the lifespan of the mice by more than 30 per cent. "
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