Health

Does Hot Pepper Jelly Boost Metabolism?

Does Hot Pepper Jelly Boost Metabolism?

An episode of the Dr. Oz show presented “7 Belly Blasters” which included a claim that eating hot pepper jelly can boost your metabolism. Is this true?

Sponsored links

Hot Pepper Jelly Claim

During a 2013 episode of the Dr. Oz Show entitled “Belly-Fat Myths!”, there was a segment called “7 Belly Blasters That Really Work” in which Dr. Oz suggested introducing hot pepper jelly into your diet in order to speed up metabolism. He stated the following regarding the product:

This stuff is a brand new way to ignite your metabolism. So for about half an hour after you eat this you can increase your metabolism not just by a little bit but by a whopping 20 percent. And that’s without doing anything else. I’m talking about doing running or jogging or weight lifting or anything else. Big benefit, small little change in your behavior. So I want you to get two tablespoonfuls of hot pepper jelly. You’re gonna put it on either on your English muffin if that’s going to have in the morning. If you have eggs – which is a good idea by the way – that’s fine. This stuff costs about 5 bucks.

During the show, a graphic displayed the following tips regarding hot pepper jelly:

  • Speeds metabolism 20%
  • 2 tbsp every morning
  • $5 supermarkets & online

Jar and spoon of hot pepper jelly

Although the television segment did not elaborate as to why it is believed hot pepper jelly may boost metabolism, the Dr. Oz website included the following statement, “This condiment is packed with capsaicin, a chemical that puts the kick in peppers and speeds metabolism up to 20% for 30 minutes after you eat it.

Capsaicin

Capsaicin is a compound found in peppers which imparts the hot sensation when they are eaten. Some researchers believe the health benefits of capsaicin include increased metabolism, decreased weight gain (as opposed to weight loss), decreased appetite, and possibly even anti-cancer properties. Topical creams and patches containing capsaicin for pain relief are also common.

“Modest Effect”

Sponsored Links

In a WebMD article on hot peppers and metabolism, an experiment by Dr. David Heber and colleagues from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) is featured in which a synthetic compound similar to capsaicin (called dihydrocapsiate or DCT) was studied. The experiment lasted four weeks and involved obese volunteers who ingested DCT with a test meal. Results show that the study participants taking the DCT burned an additional 100-200 calories per day.

Dr. Heber referred to the metabolism boost from DCT as a “modest effect” which may be similar to that of green tea or caffeine. Although consuming capsaicin over time may speed up metabolism slightly, it should not be considered a miracle cure for obesity. Remember that one pound of fat is approximately 3500 calories, and burning an extra 100-200 each day with capsaicin is not an all-inclusive weight-loss resolution.

Bottom Line

Research suggests many health benefits to consuming peppers, which would include hot pepper jelly. It appears in this case, however, that the potential weight-loss benefits of hot pepper jelly have been somewhat over-emphasized. Moreover, the benefits suggested in the Dr. Oz segment can be achieved by consuming any pepper, not just hot pepper jelly. Eating a healthy/balanced diet in combination with regular exercise remains the healthiest and most effective/efficient way to lose weight, but don’t be afraid to eat those hot peppers for the added metabolic kick.

Related Article

Updated January 23, 2015
Originally published May 2013

Sponsored links
View Comments (2)

2 Comments

  1. Lee

    May 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    You would be better to eat straight jalapeno sauce. Jalapenos are the best for Capsaicin. There is also so much sugar in pepper jelly its like candy. Yes eat candy, lose weight. We all want to believe that. On a side note, that Stonewall kitchen Hot Pepper Jelly they show above tastes awful.

  2. michelle

    May 23, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Try it with alittle cream cheese.. taste delicious

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Health

More in Health

Meratrim Website Screenshot

Meratrim Review: Does it Work? (Mar. 2015 Update)

James WhiteMarch 25, 2015
Acacia Powder for weight loss

Acacia Powder for Weight Loss: Does it Work?

wafflesMarch 15, 2015
Chitosan

Chitosan: Uses and Side Effects

NonjoinerMarch 14, 2015
Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha Side Effects

wafflesMarch 13, 2015
sheep

Ovine Placenta Powder: What Does it Do?

wafflesMarch 12, 2015
black cohosh

Black Cohosh: Uses & Side Effects

NonjoinerMarch 11, 2015
meditation

Health Benefits of Deep Breathing

NonjoinerMarch 10, 2015
Goli Berries or Chinese Wolfberry

Health benefits and side effects of the Goji/Chinese Wolfberry

wafflesMarch 6, 2015