Chili pepper holds hot prospects for painfree dieting

It works even though the body never absorbs it

By Janet Raloff, 23:43 PM April 27, 2010

ANAHEIM — A cousin of capsaicin, the chemical that packs the heat in chilis, not only can rev up the body’s metabolism, but actually encourage it to preferentially burn body fat, according to a new trial in obese men and women. And the kicker: The molecule is itself so fat that it can’t fit into the receptors that would ordinarily register pain.

That means this dihydrocapsiate can’t irritate the mouth or gut, says David Heber of the University of California, Los Angeles. Indeed, the body d...

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