Stay hot with chillies


How they do it is not clear but they sure could bring a smile to those fighting fat buildup. Capsaicin, the active ingredient that makes chilli peppers so hot, can shrink body fat. Scientists fed highfat diets with or without chilli peppers.

Those that ate the peppers lost eight per cent of their body weight and showed changes in levels of 20 proteins that can fight obesity.

Globally, there are more than one billion overweight adults and about 300 million of them are obese, said WHO.


Down To Earth, July 2010