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New weight-loss pill made with hot chili peppers is sizzling in Britain

Would you swallow a red-hot diet pill that promised to burn the same number of calories as walking for an hour? Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez  are among the A-list celebs reputed to have used Capsiplex, a chili-pepper-based weight-loss aid that’s winning fans in Britain right now, according to the Daily Mail.

The pill is made with capsaicinoids, the active ingredient in chili peppers, which supposedly stimulate metabolism, burn flab and carbs, and step up the oxygenation rate in someone who’s exercising.

Tests at the University of Oklahoma in 2009 reported that those who popped the pill burned 12 times more calories in the hour after an hour-long workout than those who popped a placebo, according to the Daily Mail. With that kind of calorie-busting potential, how could Capsiplex not be considered a wonder drug for would-be losers?

Research does show that chili peppers increase the metabolic rate. "There is some pretty strong science behind the theory that chili boosts metabolic rate, which, in turn, burns energy," Dr. Carel leRoux, an obesity specialist at the Imperial Weight Center at Imperial College in London, told the Daily Mail. "We know that chili stimulates receptors in the bowel when you eat a spicy meal. Increased heat means increased energy expenditure, and thus the boost to the metabolic rate."

But while short-term studies have shown chilies to be a calorie burner, consuming them can result in an irritated stomach. The makers of Capsiplex said they’ve solved that problem with a coating that withstands strong stomach acids and won’t break down until it gets to the upper bowel. Because the product contains only "natural" ingredients - caffeine and chili - it does not have side effects, the company says.


Publication date: 7/12/2010


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