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CherryRed 04-25-2007 11:01 PM

Spicy foods and metabolism?
 
I was reading through the calorie counting thread and I remembered something I'd heard a while ago. Someone once told me that eating spicy foods increases your metabolic rate. Anyone know if that's a myth? I'd be interested in finally finding out since I love my spices. :D

Uncle Bob 04-26-2007 06:54 AM

Each person's metabolism is unique due to their unique physical makeup and physical behavior. Basil Metabolism Rate (BMR) is a complex and sometimes controversial issue. Google has pages and pages of information on the subject.
Now to your question..That too is controversial. There are studies(?) that say yes. Eat alot of spicey foods and it will increase your Metabolic Rate. Other studies(?) say maybe a wee bit but not enough to make a significant difference. If weight loss is the basis of your question there are other factors more important, exercise for an example.
So I would say eat your spicey foods and look to other areas to increase your metabolism.


bethzaring 04-26-2007 06:58 AM

well said Uncle B, my thoughts precisely

lulu 04-26-2007 07:18 AM

Uncle Bob speaks sense. What I would add, however, is that spicey foods are often more satisfying...small amounts big flavour and some heat seems to satisfy just as much as a larger amount of plainer food. I consider this helpful when trying to rein in my appetite :)

CherryRed 04-26-2007 07:47 AM

Thanks guys. Uncle Bob, that's basically been my take on it from the beginning. I do get tons of exercise and I eat pretty well so it's not like I'm looking to spicey stuff as my miracle fix. Lol. I was just wondering if anyone had some conclusive answers since I've heard such varied opinions on this topic.

Andy M. 04-26-2007 08:47 AM

UB makes sense. Eat spicy food because it's great stuff, not as a magic elixer.

VegasDramaQueen 04-26-2007 10:08 AM

If spicy foods actually increased metabolism, I would burn more calories. Since I live on very spicy food, I'd weigh about 90 pounds. Uhhh I don't think the article is fact. I do know that much has been written about spicy food increasing the endorphin level of your brain. This is what gives you a euphoric feeling of well being. I'll second that. Nothing makes me happier than a good well spiced meal.

sattie 04-26-2007 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Drama Queen
If spicy foods actually increased metabolism, I would burn more calories. Since I live on very spicy food, I'd weigh about 90 pounds. Uhhh I don't think the article is fact. I do know that much has been written about spicy food increasing the endorphin level of your brain. This is what gives you a euphoric feeling of well being. I'll second that. Nothing makes me happier than a good well spiced meal.

LOL... I eat spicy all the time, I would be 10 pounds if that actually worked... I do think it increases mine a little, but nothing like where I could just sit and eat spicey food and burn a couple of pounds a day. A brisk jog or walk of 3 to 4 miles four times a week does the trick!!! That keeps my furnace going!

YT2095 04-26-2007 10:19 AM

there Are foods (all plant based) that can accelerate the met rate, but they`re not spices, and some of them aren`t even Legal.

Coffee or Tea are good examples as is the Kola nut.

Chief Longwind Of The North 04-26-2007 10:29 AM

Though spicey foods don't play a significant role in boosting metabolism, they are healthy in other ways. Generally speaking, herbs and spices contain significant quantities of phyto-chemicals, antioxidents, and vitamins. These substances help protect the body and the brain from harmful free-radicals. But as Uncle B. stated, to get the full benefit from proper nutrition, a combination of aerobic and strength trainging exercises must be employed on a regular basis.

No one thing is going to boost your health. To make it simple, our bodies were designed to move and work, that is, to propell us around. Our brains were designed to learn and to solve problems. If we don't exercise our bodies, and challenge our brains, we decline more rapidly as we age. There is nothing we can do to completely stop aging, and deteriorating. But we can sure slow down the process, and enhance our life experience by maintaining healthy bodies and brains. And don't forget to nourish your spirit while you're at it. It helps your brain function better as you are more able to handle day-to-day stresses that can damage both body and brain.

Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North


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