A pepper part that burns fat

Study finds that dihydrocapsiate may give a diet extra power.

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM May 19, 2010

By Stephen Ornes


Diet fads come and go, but in the end, there’s really only one rule for losing weight: Burn more energy than you consume. In April, scientists from California reported on a chemical that might help people burn fat. It’s called dihydrocapsiate, it comes from a pepper, and in a recent study it was shown to boost the body’s energy burn.


Its name, dihydrocapsiate (di-HI-droh-CAP-see-ate), isn’t easy to say. And Peter Piper never picked it. But it might be easy to find: It is a ch...

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