We love anything hot, hot, hot. It adds flavor and helps digest your food better. So a few studies we read up on that show peppers can help you lose weight made us REALLY happy.
Here’s the skinny: scientists at the Laval University in Quebec recently had one group of test participants take cayenne pepper at breakfast. Those who did had a smaller appetite throughout the day, so they ate less. A Purdue University study also suggests that peppers can curb appetite.
In a recent article on the health benefits of hot peppers in the Las Cruces Sun-News by S. Derrickson Moore, New Mexico State University Regents Professor of Horticulture Paul Bosland states that research shows hot peppers “can help lower cholesterol and help burn calories by triggering a thermodynamic bum, which speeds up the metabolism.”
Other research indicates that capsaicin from cayenne and other chile peppers may inhibit the growth of fat cells by activating AMP-activated protein kinase.
So add a little hot pepper to every dish!
HL&S was very happy to learn this week that a new web site, FoodIdentityTheft.com, was created to to alert and inform Americans about misleading labeling on many food, beverage and health products.
The site was started by Citizens for Health, one of the nation’s most respected consumer advocacy groups, to combat deceptive food labeling practices by supplying facts, links to news stories and videos and legislative updates.
The move will be beneficial to all of us who appreciate natural products and when they’re not, that it’s clearly stated.
For example, did you know that trade association for High Fructose Corn Syrup has asked the U.S. government to legally change the name of High Fructose Corn Syrup to the misleading and inaccurate name “corn sugar?”
FoodIdentityTheft.com is fighting against the name change so consumers won’t think that High Fructose Corn Syrup is natural (rather than manmade, which it is).
Good for you, Citizens for Health! Or should we say, good for us!
If you are like me and feel guilty about eating starches like rice – even though it’s often deemed healthy – try Trader Joe’s brown rice medley instead. It makes you feel fuller with less (unlike with other brown and white rices) because it contains black barley and daikon radish seeds. I have yet to find a better pre-made, all-natural combination anywhere. You get a triple dose of grain in one serving!
I pair it with just about anything – chicken breasts, vegetables – you name it! You may not be able to eliminate white rice from your diet, but you can definitely substitute it with a better, healthier version.
I don’t know about you, but wheat bran is not something I particularly enjoy eating on its own. In fact, it’s not something I like eating in anything where I can taste it! (I am a season girl – everything must be doused in flavor)
So I found a way to sneak this fiber-rich food into my diet: smoothies! Each morning, I mix in a half cup of Bob’s Red Mill unprocessed wheat bran (I love this because it’s all natural) with some frozen fruit, OJ, vanilla lowfat yogurt, a banana, and a scoop of peanut butter. The wheat bran blends right in so I can’t taste it, but I’m not forgetting my daily dose of fiber. Try it!