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Red Pepper: Hot Stuff For Fighting Fat?
Science Daily ^ | 3-5-2007 | American Chemical Society

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 capsaicin’s 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: capsaicin; fat; fighting; health; hot; medicine; obesity; redpepper; supplements

1 posted on 03/05/2007 5:25:09 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Right. There aren't any fat Mexicans.


2 posted on 03/05/2007 5:30:16 PM PST by Rudder
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To: Rudder
Right. There aren't any fat Mexicans.

Do you think all Mexicans eat Red Peppers?
3 posted on 03/05/2007 5:33:56 PM PST by msnimje (If we have a choice of two PRO ABORTION candidates, this country is doomed.)
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To: blam

Shoot, I'd be anorexic.


4 posted on 03/05/2007 5:37:28 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: msnimje

All those I met while living in California did...even the babies.


5 posted on 03/05/2007 5:41:35 PM PST by Rudder
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To: blam

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.


6 posted on 03/05/2007 5:43:38 PM PST by lmr (The answers to life don't involve complex solutions.)
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To: blam

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.


7 posted on 03/05/2007 5:44:58 PM PST by calex59
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To: blam

Eat Up!!! There was a recent report that capsaicin also kills cancer cells...


8 posted on 03/05/2007 5:45:59 PM PST by SolitaryMan
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To: SolitaryMan
"Eat Up!!! There was a recent report that capsaicin also kills cancer cells..."

I'm eating two jalapeno peppers as I type.

9 posted on 03/05/2007 5:50:09 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
I thought it didn't really matter how many fat cells you had, as each fat cell is capable of stretching almost indefinitely to contain more. Also, I've noticed that I eat more food when I eat really spicy food because of the endorphin rush. I used to eat habanero peppers whole, but my spice tolerance has gone down since I married my non chili head wife.
10 posted on 03/05/2007 5:51:02 PM PST by amchugh
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To: lmr

"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.


11 posted on 03/05/2007 5:53:54 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: neverdem

ping


12 posted on 03/05/2007 5:55:18 PM PST by FairOpinion (Tell Congress: Work for Victory in Iraq. Stop Hillary. Go to: http://www.TheVanguard.org)
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To: blam

Dang.........the 12 jars of Habanero jelly I made yesterday were orange, not red.....and so will the next 36 jars I make.


13 posted on 03/05/2007 6:03:25 PM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: Rudder

Except the women; I'm all for an epidemic of apoptosis.


14 posted on 03/05/2007 6:03:51 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: SolitaryMan; blam

I better get into production mode and get some seeds stated!!!! I've got 25+ varieties!


15 posted on 03/05/2007 6:05:06 PM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: blam

Burnin' up the old keyboard, eh?


16 posted on 03/05/2007 6:09:39 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: blam
Well okay; just find a way to make it palatable on Twinkies...
17 posted on 03/05/2007 6:12:44 PM PST by Zman
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To: Old Professer

"Burnin' up the old keyboard, eh?"
You'll be burnin' something else up if I am any judge.


18 posted on 03/05/2007 6:14:05 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: Old Professer

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.


19 posted on 03/05/2007 6:17:46 PM PST by Rudder
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To: blam

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!


20 posted on 03/05/2007 6:21:44 PM PST by An American in Turkiye
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To: blam

21 posted on 03/05/2007 6:25:44 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: FairOpinion; blam

bttt


22 posted on 03/05/2007 6:39:59 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Fiddlstix

With any luck, I plan to be selling plenty of baskets that look like that this summer :) And cooking up just as many!


23 posted on 03/05/2007 6:46:21 PM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: CedarDave

New Mexico chile ping


24 posted on 03/05/2007 6:50:09 PM PST by woofie
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To: blam
..tested capsaicin’s effects on pre-adipocytes and adipocytes growing in laboratory cultures

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.

25 posted on 03/05/2007 6:56:48 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: woofie

Just red? What about green?! LOL!!


26 posted on 03/05/2007 6:57:47 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: blam
This isn't news. It has been common knowledge among capsicum fanciers for about thirty years.

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".

27 posted on 03/05/2007 7:04:32 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: lmr

Don't forget Sambal Oelek & Castilllo Red & Green Habanero sauce. UMMMM!!! I can feel my lips swelling up just thinking about it.


28 posted on 03/05/2007 7:31:50 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy (God Damn the Democrat Party!)
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To: dynachrome

WOW - the trinity......


29 posted on 03/05/2007 7:33:19 PM PST by muffaletaman
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To: An American in Turkiye

Man! Diet Coke out the nose burns! Thanks a lot!


30 posted on 03/05/2007 7:34:58 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy (God Damn the Democrat Party!)
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To: muffaletaman

"WOW - the trinity......"
Yup. Though at 6 0r 7 bucks a jar, it can be expensive.


31 posted on 03/05/2007 7:40:18 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: lmr

There's a red hot sauce in our part of the country called "Cajun Chef". It beats Tabasco hands down.


32 posted on 03/05/2007 8:56:37 PM PST by no dems (Duncan Hunter for Prez / Herman Cain for VEEP in '08)
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