Skip to comments.Red Pepper: Hot Stuff For Fighting Fat?
Posted on 03/05/2007 5:25:02 PM PST by blam
Source: American Chemical Society
Date: March 5, 2007
Red Pepper: Hot Stuff For Fighting Fat?
Science Daily Food scientists in Taiwan are reporting new evidence from laboratory experiments that capsaicin the natural compound that gives red pepper that spicy hot kick can reduce the growth of fat cells. The study is scheduled for the March 21 issue of the ACS Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication.
In the report, Gow-Chin Yen and Chin-Lin Hsu cite previous research suggesting that obesity can be reduced by preventing immature fat cells (adipocytes) from developing into mature cells.
Past research also linked capsaicin to a decrease in the amount of fat tissue and decreased blood-fat levels. With that knowledge, the researchers tested capsaicins effects on pre-adipocytes and adipocytes growing in laboratory cultures.
They found that capsaicin prevented pre-adipocytes from filling with fat and becoming full-fledged fat cells. The effects occurred at levels just slightly greater than those found in the stomach fluid of an individual eating a typical Indian or Thai diet, the researchers noted. Capsaicin worked by providing a biochemical signal that made fat cells undergo apoptosis, a mechanism in which cells self-destruct.
Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by American Chemical Society.
Right. There aren't any fat Mexicans.
Shoot, I'd be anorexic.
All those I met while living in California did...even the babies.
6'0" 225, here. I love Pepper Sauce, I put it on almost everything. Among my favorites: Dave's Famous (Very Hot), Tabasco (Mildly Hot), El Yucateco (Very Hot), Cholula (Mildly Hot). I also love Chili Peppers straight out of the jar as well as Jalapenos. I'm not getting any skinnier, though. I think if I cut back on the Beer and Dr. Pepper, I might.
capsaicin isn't just found in red peppers but all peppers, it is what makes peppers "hot". It is considered good for the heart but I doubt it will cause a person to lose weight or stop gaining weight.
Eat Up!!! There was a recent report that capsaicin also kills cancer cells...
I'm eating two jalapeno peppers as I type.
"I love Pepper Sauce, I put it on almost everything"
May I recommend something I ran across a month ago. Delallo's Peppers and Garlic in Olive oil. 3 things that are good for ya and about a medium in heat. Mix it in, stir fry, eat out of the jar with a spoon. Low sodium.
Italian section in the stores.
Dang.........the 12 jars of Habanero jelly I made yesterday were orange, not red.....and so will the next 36 jars I make.
Except the women; I'm all for an epidemic of apoptosis.
I better get into production mode and get some seeds stated!!!! I've got 25+ varieties!
Burnin' up the old keyboard, eh?
"Burnin' up the old keyboard, eh?"
You'll be burnin' something else up if I am any judge.
Would that be adipoptosis? Yep, I'm for that as a cororllary to the maxim: Don't hit the sack with someone bigger than yourself.
After about 3 hours after eating hot sauce, I have to run to the can, as Johnny Cash's song "Ring of Fire" plays over and over in my head. I usually take a spray bottle of cold water and a bag of cotton balls to help ease the pain, if you know what I mean!
With any luck, I plan to be selling plenty of baskets that look like that this summer :) And cooking up just as many!
New Mexico chile ping
This is a mildly interesting petri dish experiment. If obesity mice given capsaicin ended up weighing less than the placebo group, that would be news.
Just red? What about green?! LOL!!
Indeed, there was a New Mexico Highlands Univ. study c. 1977 that a friend of mine -- then the Director of Medicine at a major urban hospital -- introduced me to. It demonstrated how the active enzyme in capsicums actually consumed chloresterol in the blood.
There is, in fact, a helluva lot more evidence about the beneficial characteristics of blessed capsicums than there is about "global warming".
Don't forget Sambal Oelek & Castilllo Red & Green Habanero sauce. UMMMM!!! I can feel my lips swelling up just thinking about it.
WOW - the trinity......
Man! Diet Coke out the nose burns! Thanks a lot!
"WOW - the trinity......"
Yup. Though at 6 0r 7 bucks a jar, it can be expensive.
There's a red hot sauce in our part of the country called "Cajun Chef". It beats Tabasco hands down.
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